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Studies show that evangelical Christians are similar to non-Christians in regard to "rates of divorce, premarital sex, domestic violence and use of pornography, and are actually more likely to hold racist views than other people."(2)
This is hugely disappointing, but what about the Christians who do the right things and live moral lives? Is there anything to distinguish them from moral non-Christians?
What about you? Do your neighbors, friends, and co-workers know you love Jesus?
Shouldn't being "in Christ" be an obvious part of the impression we leave on others?
"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13
What a compliment ... for people to note that we have been with Jesus. I want that ... don't you?
(1) This question was the title of a song by Gary Paxton in the early 1970's.
(2) Why Christians Are Losing Their Saltiness.
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What are some of the things that should mark the lives of Believers?
1Thessalonians 4:1-12: As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1 Peter 3: 15-16: 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
See these related 1-Minute Bible Love Notes:
Life Expectancy (written on my 60th birthday)
Would $1000 an hour be enough?
After going through this study, you can read my insights HERE.
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2013
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted