6 Things For Christians to reconsider

To my brothers and sisters in Christ

I’ll first admit, writing on this topic wasn’t easy and I’ve learnt from experience that talking about this in person can also be awkward sometimes, but it’s a necessary topic. I hope you will be able to spare a few moments to read this through to the end, Thank you in advance and God bless.
The key text I would like us to focus on for this entire reading is 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.” This is a personal call for each person reading this to sincerely examine them-self to see whether they’re still in the faith, myself included. All actions, behaviour, conversations, choice of lifestyle and everything should be analysed and be tested according to the scriptures to see whether the current choice of lifestyle is in line with the bible.

One of the bible’s main aims is to guide all from a life of sin(Psalms 119:11). In the next section we will see a list of things that the bible warns against. Many of the things on this list have become common even with those who strongly profess to be Christian so this is why it is important to address these issues. I have written this because the bible teaches us to look out for one another, with love ,“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians Chapter 2).

6 Things for Christians to consider

Sadly many of us have allowed ourselves to be taken over by the lifestyle that this world has to offer. The bible has very clearly warned against ‘The love of worldly things’ but it seems that the standard of a biblical lifestyle has been lowered by many in order to accommodate these worldly things. Let’s consider the small list below which represents some of the worldly things that have crept into the lifestyle of professed believers.

  • 1. Gossip

    Definition: Someone who is addicted to gossip is someone who loves to hear things about other people and then passes them on. Most of the time these are usually sensitive facts regarding that particular person. A professed Christian who speaks more about other people’s affairs rather than they speak about Christ.

  • 2. Addicted to Fashion

    Definition: Spending more money on shopping compared to how much money you have set aside for God’s work. No difference in clothing to someone who hasn’t believed in God. Wearing clothing that reveals your anatomy to the world and unfortunately fellow Christian believers see this even in the church.

  • 3. Jewellery & Make-up Dependency

    Definition: Through deception this type of person has been made to believe that they can never be beautiful without outward adornment such as jewellery or an extensive us of make-up.

  • 4. Sexual Immorality

    Definition: sexual immorality includes any of the following, sex & intimacy before marriage, self abuse (intimacy with yourself), having more than one sexual partner, lust, allowing yourself to be purposely exposed to sexual immorality through the media( either via tv/internet/mobile).

  • 5. Covetousness

    Definition: A feeling of admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another.

  • 6. Ignorance of the scriptures

    Meaning: A lack of knowledge or information regarding the scriptures. This literally therefore results in the lack of inability to determine the difference between right and wrong. Eventually resulting in making decisions which are not in line with the scriptures.

What the bible says

So we have seen the list above, but now lets get some biblical counsel on these things.
Bible version used: Easy to read version.

1. Gossip

I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak…People who tell secrets about others cannot be trusted. Those who can be trusted keep quiet. (Matthew 12:36 and Ephesians 4:29)

2. Addiction to Fashion

It is not fancy hair, gold jewellery, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from inside you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear. It is worth very much to God. (1 Peter 3:3-6)

3. Jewellery & Make-up Dependency

Israel served false gods,so I will punish her. She burned incense to those false gods. She dressed up—she put on her jewellery and nose ring. Then she went to her lovers and forgot me.” (Hosea 2:13). The main point to get from this verse is that when someone gets caught up in spiritual adultery they then pick up the customs of the world (eg. Jewellery and things which are all based on outward adornment). See also Jeremiah 4:30Isaiah 3:16-23, 1 Timothy 2:9)

4. Sexual Immorality

Flee from sexual Immorality…God wants you to be holy. He wants you to stay away from sexual sins. God wants each one of you to learn to control your own body. Use your body in a way that is holy and that gives honour to God. Don’t let your sexual desires control you like the people who don’t know God. (1 Corinthians 6:181 Thesselonians 4:3, Romans 12:1 and Matthew 5:27)

5. Covetousness

But there must be no sexual sin among you. There must not be any kind of evil or selfishly wanting more and more, because such things are not right for God’s holy people. (Ephesians 5:3 and 1 Timothy 6:10)

6. Ignorance of the scriptures

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.(Proverbs 19:2 and 1 John 4:1)

It’s all about the battle against self

Everything we have just seen in the list above is the result of seeking to follow our own desires rather than seeking to follow God’s will. Gods will can never lead someone down the path of Gossip, Addiction to fashion, jewellery/make up dependency, sexual immorality, covetousness and ignorance of the scriptures.

There’s a book called ‘Steps to Christ‘ which provides a great explanation regarding this battle against self. Rather than using my own words I believe the writer of the book made the points very clear, let’s consider:

“The warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought. The yielding of self, surrendering all to the will of God, requires a struggle; but the soul must submit to God before it can be renewed in holiness.

Do you feel that it is too great a sacrifice to yield all to Christ? Ask yourself the question, “What has Christ given for me?” The Son of God gave all–life and love and suffering–for our redemption. And can it be that we, the unworthy objects of so great love, will withhold our hearts from Him? Every moment of our lives we have been partakers of the blessings of His grace, and for this very reason we cannot fully realize the depths of ignorance and misery from which we have been saved. Can we look upon Him whom our sins have pierced, and yet be willing to do despite to all His love and sacrifice? In view of the infinite humiliation of the Lord of glory, shall we murmur because we can enter into life only through conflict and self-abasement?”

Conclusion

“God does not require you to give up anything that it is for your best interest to retain. In all that He does, He has the well-being of His children in view”. (Steps to Christ chapter 5). 

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Closing Verse:“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed you are disqualified.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

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