Monday, September 15, 2014
Character in Our Christian Life: Guileless and Holy
Guileless and Holy are the last two characteristics I will cover in this series of our character. We must remember not only to tell others about Christ, but live it in the character of Christ.
10. Guileless: "I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked. I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, Lord, proclaiming aloud Your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds". Psalm 26:5-7.
To be guileless is to be innocent. We are not to associate with those who do evil. We are to be innocent before the Lord. We live in this world, and we do associate with those who are lost, in the sense that we share the gospel with them, but we are not to be like the wicked. In the workplace, we associate with Christians and non-Christians alike. We are to be their "light" to shine Jesus upon them. We are to set examples instead of going about doing what they do in order to "fit in". We are not suppose to fit in with the world. Be an example of the innocence of Jesus in your daily walk with Him. Live a life that is exemplary to God.
11. Holy: "For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession". Deuteronomy 7:6
We are to be holy and blameless before the Lord. Yes we are sinners. Yes we mess up, but we as humans are not holy and blameless as God is. We have Christ's atonement only to make us holy and blameless. What our part is; to live as Christ lived, serving and giving, helping and forgiving others, including those who are our enemies. Most important of all, love one another as Christ loves us. Live Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law". Without the Holy Spirit's presence in our lives, we cannot be holy. It only comes from God. Be holy as Christ is holy.
I may continue my humor blogs next, just for a little break from the realities of life. Be blessed this week, and bless someone else.