A Christian then, is not just a person who trusts Jesus, is forgiven, changed and accepted as a child of God. John, in his first letter asks how do we know the children of God? The children of God do what is right or just and they love their brothers and sisters (1 John 3:10, 14).
The sign on car windows, which says Christians are not perfect – just forgiven, is really a cop-out!
Sure we aren’t perfect, but just being forgiven isn’t enough. We need to be changed and we need to be committed to change, in our world and ourselves.
If you are a liar before you met Jesus, you should be able to be trusted after you’ve met Him. If you were a sexual user before, you are working very hard to no longer be after meeting Jesus.
What A CHALLENGE! We need God’s guidance and we need each other.
His commandments are not too hard… for… every child of God is able to defeat the world… by means of our faith (1 John 5:3-5).
Can I suggest that the greatest description of the way we are now liberated is found in the Sermon on the Mount – Matthew chapters 5-7.
All the teaching and modelling of Jesus and the Apostles is found in the New Testament with great detail and explanation as to how to live it.
Don’t be discouraged by a few slip-ups. We all need time to fully change our habits and priorities. Forgiveness and a fresh start are ours always. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins… God will forgive us and purify us from all wrongdoing.
Growth always takes time. Have ideals and hopes, but be realistic about yourself and the world around you.
It’s a fantastic joy and fulfilment to be restored to friendship with God and to be committed to truth, justice and love.