What does it mean to be Christ like? Or even just a good person?
People of my same faith often get a bad rap. It makes me mad when we are misrepresented and accused of things that are not true.. However, sometimes I think some members bring it on themselves with their 'holier than thou" attitudes.
So I ask you, what does it mean to be a good christian? Here is what I came up with... this is my own opinion and I am not preaching. I also am not suggesting that I am perfect in the areas I will mention. Because that would be very FALSE!!!
I think being a good christian means we are always striving to do our best. I also think it means we admit when we make mistakes. We correct our wrongs and we are honest with ourselves and others. A friend of mine once told me that I am brutally honest about myself. I took that as a compliment. I don't want to be one that portrays somebody that I am not. I want people to see me as a good person for the good that I do, not for the good that I preach that I do.
I think being a good christian means we don't judge others. One lesson I have learned in the last couple of years is unless you are the one in the situation you really don't know what it is like or what the whole story is.. give people credit that they are doing their best and making the best decisions for them.
Ask people if there is some way you can help.. don't offer unsolicited advice.
Be tolerant of others. This doesn't mean condoning behaviors against your personal belief system, but it does mean allowing them to make their own choices. We don't have a right to tell others what they are doing wrong, unless they ask us for our opinions.
stick up for others.. I have learned that sometimes this doesn't get the results that I had hoped for.. in fact, sometimes, I feel that I have been punished for sticking up for people. But I still think it is the right thing to do.
teach through example. I think this means be yourself, live the way you know is best. but don't tell people how great you are.. If you are truly great, others will see it and want to be like you.
Serve others. Even if it is inconvenient or uncomfortable
Love one another.. Jesus said love everyone!
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