My wife recently brought something to my attention that I’ve known for many years, but I’ve always had a hard time admitting. I could tell she was hesitant when sharing this hard truth with me, but she loves me enough to bring things to my attention when needed.
It’s been about eight years since I first picked up a Bible and read it out of pure desire and intrigue. I’ve had access to a Bible most of my life, but the reality is that it spent most of it’s being collecting dust on a shelf in my room. Every once in a while, it would get dusted off only to be used as an accessory while attending the yearly Christmas Eve and/or Easter morning church services.
Pain can come packaged in many different ways. While one can encounter this burden through the loss of a loved one, another could have lost a job or even found out that they’re battling a life-threatening sickness. Regardless of how; pain is very, very real. Pain is not something we can avoid in life no matter how hard we really try. It’s a vital part of our human existence, and if treated correctly, will harvest much wisdom and knowledge.
I have frequently thought to myself that if God fully knows me, then there is no way that He could fully love me. My sin is too ugly, I’ve been too broken, and I’ve wondered too far. The reality is, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Bible tells me so. One of the many beautiful things about the Gospel is that we are both fully known by God and fully loved by God. That’s true beauty.
What should Christians look like? How should they act? What should they be known for? There are many unique qualities that all Christians should harness as it pertains to living a biblical life, but below are eight things I believe anyone who calls themselves a Christ-follower should adhere to. The Christian life is all about finding true identity in that of Jesus and reflecting an image of his righteous nature.