I wonder sometimes who Christians truly are. I understand the heart and the intent of a Christian, but what about application and practice. There can be a big difference between the prayerful Christian and the real life Christian.
For example, what is the personality of a Christian? What are their character attributes? How does a Christian move, live and have his being in this world? What is a Christian like?
What Type Of Christianity…..
The best way to determine these things is to put them in a real life situation. I mean outside of the church walls or the weekly bible study group. What type of Christianity does someone have when confronted on a firsthand basis with things such as abortion, temptation to steal money when money is desperately needed, meeting a homosexual in a social environment and engaging in dialogue?
What type of Christian will we have? How different will that Christian be from the one in church on Sunday morning?
The fruits of the Holy Spirit that a Christian is filled with according to Galatians 5:22-23 include love, joy, peace, longsuffering (steadfastness, perseverance), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (self-control). These are all Godly attributes and character traits that every Christian should possess all of the time. Unfortunately for some these traits are like the tide. They come in when in a holy environment and go out in a worldly one.
Note to all Christians. The tide should be always in!
When Godly attributes leave a Christian then all that is left is a zealot, full of religion and rules but totally void of the Spirit of Christ, the Comforter.
Christianity is a functioning, working religion. It is an application to be applied unto every person a Christian comes in contact with. Our religion is motivated and propelled forward by the Holy Spirit within us. It is blind to differences in its offering of love, joy and peace. As the Spirit moves so does (should) the Christian.
Expressing love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance towards other people is not only the result of the Holy Spirit within us but is a demonstration of our righteousness as well. Righteousness is our dealings with others. Righteousness is about relationships. It is how we are and who we are in our inter-personal relationships with God’s children. A righteous person is full of the fruits of the spirit. These attributes are on display to others all of the time.
Christians are children of God therefore should take on His character and attributes. Christianity is an outreach and outpouring of these Godly attributes to all other people. Some will accept it. Some will reject it. But although the responses to God’s offerings will vary, we should always be a constant as God is always a Constant.
So, what is our personality like? What Godly attributes and characteristics are with us all of the time? Are we the same Monday morning as we ae Sunday morning? We must all soul search and examine ourselves continuously. It’s all part of the repentance process.