How should we worship God? #9 Christian Behaviour

Christian Behaviour

The way we behave – with believers and unbelievers alike – is a very important expression of the change that has taken, or is taking, place inside us. For the things we say and do are outside indicators of our inner state of mind. We have to try to live a transformed life, as though we had stopped living for ourselves and are now living entirely for others as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what Paul means by living sacrificially – putting the needs and feelings of others before our own.

There are two reasons for this. The first is that we are commanded to do this as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, because that is how he lived. In a masterful understatement, Paul says this:

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbour for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself” (Romans 15:1-3).

Jesus set the standard and we have to do the best we can to follow his example. We will not achieve the same level of obedience, of course, for the Lord was perfect in everything he did. He never once sinned. But we have to try hard to follow his lead. Just what that means in practice is explained here (in Romans chapters 12-15), and by the Lord Jesus himself in the long talk he gave to his disciples, recorded in Matthew chapters 5-7, sometimes called the Sermon on the Mount. Paul’s encouragement to the believers at Rome is closely modelled on what Jesus taught. For example, he says that we should not retaliate when people do unfair or unreasonable things to us, but should suffer wrong for Christ’s sake:

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. ’ To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. ’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21).

In these verses Paul gives us the second reason why we should try to live just as Jesus did. We need to live in a way that encourages other people to want to know about Jesus, so that they too can believe the gospel and be saved. The greatest good we can do to anyone is to share with them the faith that saves from eternal death. This is why Paul wrote the Letter to the Romans, so that they too would know what he believed and benefit from that knowledge. His gift to us, centuries later, is priceless; for without this knowledge we could not obtain eternal life. Now it becomes our responsibility to share that faith with others – and how we live is a vital part of that sharing.

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Preceding

the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life

To Glorify God and His Son

To Glorify God and His Son #2 Governance and objectives of the ecclesia/charity

How should we worship God? #1 Appreciation for God

How should we worship God? #2 Spiritual Worship

How should we worship God? #3 Spiritual Transformation

How should we worship God? #4 Christian Congregations

How should we worship God? #5 Congregational Worship

How should we worship God? #6 Preachers and Teachers

How should we worship God? #7 The Breaking of Bread

How should we worship God? #8 Love one another

Being in isolation #3 Gathering and Sharing

Today’s thought “Blessed people …” (July 27)

Next:

How should we worship God? #10 In Relationships

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Additional reading

  1. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  2. Words to push and pull
  3. A vital question for believers
  4. He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
  5. Christ entered our world to transform our lives
  6. Shaped by our thoughts so be careful for influencers
  7. Character transformed by the influence of our fellowships
  8. New Covenant Possesses
  9. Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:1-12 Nazarene Mountain teachings: Blessed and legal commentaries
  10. Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:17-20 – The Nazarene Rabbi’s Commentary on the Torah
  11. Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:21-26 – 1. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Exodus 20:13
  12. Nazarene Commentary Matthew 5:27-30 – 2. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Exodus 20:14
  13. Matthew 5:33-37 – 4. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Numbers 30:3
  14. Matthew 5:38-42 – 5. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Exodus 21:24
  15. Matthew 5:43-47 – 6. The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18
  16. Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 1 Charity and neighbour love
  17. Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 2 Prayer and neighbour love
  18. Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 3 Forgiveness and neighbour love
  19. Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 4 Treasures’ and neighbour love
  20. Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 5 Matthew 6: 24-34: e) Anxiety and neighbor love
  21. Matthew 7:1-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Neighbor Love Continued 7: Matthew 7:1-5 Judgment and neighbor love
  22. Matthew 7:12 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Summary on the Torah’s Fulfillment
  23. Matthew 7:13-14 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Disciple #1 The Narrow Gate and the way to destruction
  24. Matthew 7:15-20 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Disciple #2 False prophets and fruitage
  25. Matthew 7:13-23 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Disciple #3 Matthew 7:21-23 The ones Jesus never knew
  26. Matthew 7:13-27 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Disciple #4 Matthew 7:24-27 – Conclusion
  27. Matthew 7:13-23 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: The True Disciple #5 Matthew 7:28-29 – The Crowd’s Reaction
  28. Matthew 8:18-22 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Two Would-be Followers
  29. Matthew 9:35-38 – Looking at Jesus our shepherd
  30. Matthew 10:40-42 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Reception and Reward
  31. Matthew 13:33 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Parable of the Fermented Whole
  32. Matthew 16:13-20 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Building a Hades-Proof Congregation
  33. Matthew 16:21-23 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Think God’s Thoughts
  34. Nazarene Commentary Luke 3:10-14 – “What Shall We Do?”
  35. The Nazarene master teacher learning people how they should behave
  36. An atoneless religious system or a hope giving religious system
  37. Atonement And Fellowship 4/8
  38. Rebirth and belonging to a church
  39. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian
  40. How to set your mind
  41. Altitude begins with an attitude of gratitude
  42. Ability (part 7) Thought about the ability to grow as a member of the Body of Christ
  43. Laboring in the Vineyard or Sitting on the Hillside with Jonah?
  44. Being in tune with God
  45. Fellowship
  46. Ambassadors showing hope and a world of peace
  47. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news
  48. Not withholding the Good News
  49. Scriptures and Thoughts about: Proclaim
  50. Go Ye! 
  51. Proclaiming: a task given to Christians
  52. To proclaim the day of vengeance
  53. Preaching as Public Speaking

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