ATTRIBUTES OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN (by benaiah juma).
The following are some of the traits that a true Christian should possess.
1. A true Christian should always keep the commandments.
Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments
God has set for us laws to follow in order for us to leave peacefully on this earth and end up being rewarded with eternal life after we die. The evidence that a person has accepted the lord Jesus Christ and is even worthy to be called a Christian is that the person keeps the commandments. We can only show the love that we have for the creator of heaven and earth by keeping his commandments. When you keep the commandments you show respect and love to the one who issued them, and if you break them you show contempt and disrespect to the one who made them.
Those who love Jesus Christ keep his commandments and those who hate Jesus Christ break the commandments. The word of God tells us that people claim to love Jesus Christ with their lips but their hearts if far from him because they are unwilling to obey the word of God.
Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
If your deeds to not align with the Holy Scriptures you are lying and the truth is not in you. The word of God says that God is light and in him there is no darkness, therefore if we want to have fellowship with God we are to walk in the light because he is in the light, but if we walk in darkness and claim to have fellowship with God we are lying and the truth is not in us. If you walk in darkness you are having fellowship with the devil and his angels.
1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1Jn 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
You cannot be killing, stealing, lying, bearing false witness against your neighbor, accusing other people falsely, walking in the streets half naked, being sexual immoral, masturbating, watching pornography, watching worldly movies, backbiting, slandering others, sowing discord among brethren, being slothful, worshipping idols, calling on saints while praying, reading sexual immoral books, failing to keep the sabbath day holy, being stingy, being greedy, loving pleasures more than God, playing video games, piercing or cutting the body, tattooing, mincing, holding grudges, discriminating the poor, fornicating, committing adultery, disobeying your parents, being involved in vile affections such as homosexuality, bestiality and lesbianism and such practices and claim to be a Christian.
You cannot be a Christian if you break the commandments. Anyone that goes against the commandments of God is not a Christian but a follower of Lucifer. True Christians are known by how they live their lives, that is why the word of God tells us that we shall know them by their fruits. A true Christian keeps the commandment while a phony Christian breaks the commandments and gives people lip service that they are Christian.
2. A true Christian always reproves sin
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
It is common today for people who call themselves Christians to keep quite when they hang out with unbelievers and pretend like the unfruitful works of darkness is acceptable. Some people who call themselves Christians, you can find them sitting around people who are drinking alcohol and walking in vile behavior that is contrary to the will of God and just sit there without reproving sin. When you sit around people who are sinning tell them truth and point out the sin that they are committing.
It is not cool when people are offending the king of kings and you just sit there and keep quite like you are afraid. Reprove sin so that you can prove to Jesus Christ that you are not afraid to claim him in public. The lord Jesus Christ told us that no one can light a lamp and hide it under the bed, but when one lights a lump he or she puts it on lamp stand so that it can give light to the people in the house.
Reprove sinners always when they are sinning. Let’s divide this thing up, let’s let the people who love God come to him and those people that hate Christ go to hell. A person cannot walk on the broad path of death and hell and at the same time walk in the narrow path of salvation. When you reprove sin you put conviction on the sinner and God can give him repentance if they acknowledge the truth and humble themselves in prayer.
Most of the times when you reprove sin, you will part ways with the person that is of darkness and you will have righteously judged that person if they hate you. True Christians should always reprove sin, when you see people sinning and you do not reprove their unfruitful works of darkness, then you have been made a partaker of their sins.
Jesus Christ told us that if we warn the wicked from his ways his blood will not be poured over us if he or she dies in his or her iniquity but if fail to warn the wicked from the error of his way and he or she dies in his or her iniquity his or her blood will be poured over us.
When you hang out with girls and women who dress like hookers tell them the truth and give them some advice on how to dress modestly, if you hang out with smokers tell them that smoking is a sin and they should respect the temple of the holy spirit and keep it holy, when you hang out with people playing video games tell them to do deeds that bear good fruits for the kingdom of God and stop wasting their time, when you hang out with people in false religions worshipping Mary and idols of Mary tell them that idolatry is a sin and unrepentant idolaters shall have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone. Reprove sin always if you are true child of God.
3. A true Christian is not conformed by the world but is transformed by the renewing of his mind so that he proves what is right and perfect in the eyes of the lord.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
It is common today for Christians to start of well in this journey of salvation but in the end the pressure of the world gets them to compromise and start behaving the way the heathen beasts behave and all the time claiming to be Christians. We see women in church dressing with the attire of harlots while at the same time claiming to be Christians, we see them serving at the altar and walking away without being rebuked by the pastors. People tend to sin because they have been conformed to worlds standards. We see people today claiming they are Christians but at the same time they are gay.
The word of God is teaching us that true Christians are not conformed to the world but are conformed by the word of God.We should not be influenced and intimidated with what the heathen beasts do or say, we acknowledge that we have been firmly held by the immovable hand of the living God. We should read the word of God and let it lead us in the right path of salvation. We should let our light shine and let the heathen beasts emulate us but we should not copy what natural brute beasts do.
Brethren in Christ Jesus a true Christian is transformed by the word of God but not by the world. If you see a person transformed by the world in doing things that offend God then definitely he or she is not a true Christian. True Christians will remain Christians even though the world is filled with reprobates. True Christians will never change and get compromised by the way of the world. Christians will remain Christians until they are finally glorified in heaven.
4. A true Christian loves and embraces the truth.
It is common for people who call themselves Christian to embrace and commit things constantly that offend God and when they are rebuked or even reproved in a Christian way they tend to get angry and dissociate with people who tell them the truth and try to associate with people who share their same reservations. A true Christian should not hate the truth and the people who tell them the truth. A true Christian is wise and if you reprove them they will change and love you. A true Christian should love the truth and should not get angry when they are told the truth. We should live in holiness and purity in accordance with the word of God to a point where we are willing to let everything go that is not of God.
5. A true Christian bears good fruit for Jesus Christ.
A Christian should bear fruit for God. Remember the case when Jesus Christ came to the fig tree when he was angry and found nothing on it but leaves. This tree annoyed Jesus Christ and it was cursed and it withered. True Christians should bear good fruit for Jesus Christ. We should evangelize to the lost and try to bring them to our lord and savior Jesus Christ. When we win souls for Jesus Christ he is pleased with us and he will purge us more so that we can bear more fruit for him. If we are slothful and wicked and bring not good fruit worthy of repentance we shall be cast out.
A true Christian bears good fruit for Christ Jesus. We can bear good fruit for Jesus Christ by helping the needy, pleading the cause of the fatherless, visiting those in prisons who have been jailed for righteousness sake, evangelizing to the lost and so on.
Mat 21:18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
Mat 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
6. A true Christian hates evil and loves righteousness.
The real evidence that a person is born again, is by loving what the lord Jesus Christ loves and hating what he hates. If you call yourself a Christian and you do not hate sin you are a child of the devil and there is no real faith in your soul. The word of God tells us that the fear of the lord is to hate evil. God hates sin and so do his children.
If you are not offended by sin you do not know God and God does not know you. A true Christian who is living in holiness should be offended by sin. The word of God through apostle peter told us about Lot being a gate man of Sodom and how he was constantly vexed with how the Sodomites were living around him. If you have really any form of holiness in you, you should cry for the abominations that are committed in your midst.
A true Christian is known by God. If you see people who call themselves Christians and their spirit is not grieved because of sin, just know they are not born again. We should hate sin and love righteousness.
2Pe 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
2Pe 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
7. A true Christian walks in repentance and total fear of the lord.
We should fear God. The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom. Anyone that does not fear God will easily fall into sin. We live in an insane society because there is no fear of God before their eyes. Christians walk in sin because they do not fear God and they tend to think that God is vain love. I am here to warn those of you who are walking in sin and claiming that Jesus Christ is vain love, Jesus Christ is loving and merciful and forgiving iniquity from generations after generations to those who love him and keep his commandments and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers up to the third and fourth generation to those who offend him by living in sin.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
A true Christian fears the lord and walks in repentance when they have offended God. Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross but people go to hell because of sin and lack of repentance. A true Christian should always live a life that is accompanied by a healthy fear of God and a life full of repentance.
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