“But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong.” – Galatians 5:22-23
Being a Christian in an unbelieving world is not easy. Jesus reminds us that in this world we will experience trouble (John 16:33). In times of trouble, we can still have hope. God reminds His people that they are not alone. God provides them with help. Our hope comes from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit provides each believer with some of the characteristics like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These characteristics given to us will help others see Christ in us.
To learn more about the Spirit and why believers need Him read the article, “The Fruit of the Spirit. Why Do Believers Need Them?”
Being a Christian in the world means that we need to act like Jesus. While on earth, Jesus prayed for people, He loved people and showed it by teaching them about sin. He demonstrated being a godly person by obeying God even unto His death on the cross for the sins of the people. He never compromised the truth of the gospel to fit into the world or to please people. Jesus represented God and is our example to follow. We can show others that we are Christians by our love too!
Here is a Bible passage to turn to if you struggle to love others like Jesus in this unbelieving world:
“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are My followers if you love each other.” – John 13: 34-35
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
You are a loving Father who cares for people and You want Your people to do the same. Sometimes, loving people can be hard even when they hurt us. Help us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and care about them. We want to act like a Christian in the world to show others that we are a light of hope in this dark and painful world. Thank you for giving us the ability to do it. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!