“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 KJV
When we receive Christ into our lives, we leave our past behind and walk into a new life in Him. As Christians, we become representatives of Christ here on earth. At this point, there should exist a glaring difference between our lives and those of unbelievers. So what is the basic foundation of being Christ-like?
1. Knowledge and acceptance of the love of God.
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:9-10 KJV
We are here because the love of God made it possible. The entire foundation of our belief is rooted in the love of a caring Father who found us worthy to send his son to die for the pardon of our sins.
We love God because He first loved us. This is not new information to you, right? You must have been read John 3:16 until it became more of a memory stick.
The point is, we have been told God loves us but do we truly understand the depth of His love and accept it to come into our hearts and fill our voids? The fullness of the love of the Father fills out the emptiness of our souls. This extraordinary affection is independent of our performance. We can never earn it. It is given freely and though God may be displeased with our actions sometimes, He does not renegade in His love for us.
“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
Jeremiah 31:3 KJV
God will never love us less than He did at the cross and now even until the end of time.
In bringing Christ on board in your life, you may find it difficult accepting this overwhelming love if you have never experienced genuine physical love but I tell you this, the love between a mother and child- the closest to unconditional love, is a shadow compared to the love God has for us. if you pray to feel His presence, your heart would overflow from the Spirit of love within you.
The first step is in accepting this love and conforming to it as we must wholly internalize this belief before we can conform to it in order to operate by it which leads us to the next point.
2. Conformity to this love
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
1Corith 13 gives several descriptions of love which is who God is. God is love and whoever has God in him must have love. This love is there to transform us from within to without. It is to renew our minds from our old ways of thinking to a new way rooted in love and mercy. It propels us to develop a similar love for ourselves. To see ourselves as He sees us -Precious!.
We cannot say we truly understand the depth of His love yet allow anxious thoughts to consume us. How can a Father with the magnitude of this love send you on a journey without equipping you for it? He made his intention known when he promised never to leave or forsake us.
We cannot claim the love of the Father is in us when we cannot forgive the trespasses of others. Don’t you see? The love changes us from ruins to rubies. Within us lies the Spirit of love and this love renews our mind daily so we can live the life God wants for us. In the word of God lies the way we can learn of this love and become it so we can express it.
3. Expression of this love from us towards all.
In the expression of love, the fullness of grace is brought to light. Are we more interested in looking like Christians than actually being a Christian? Constantly trying to prove to everyone that we are Christians rather than letting its’ fruits draw men to us.
An apple tree with ripe fruits do not need an announcement to get people to flock to it. People go on their own accord because it has something they need which will refresh their physical body. Are your fruits ripe and enticing? Does it scream Christ? Or would people look at and get repulsive and never want to be a part of the God you are professing?
The proof of Christianity is in its fruits. How accepting and tolerating we are of others. The root of Christ if firmly planted in our hearts produces these good fruits.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
Our ability to be living witnesses is enabled through God’s love as He equips us to love according to His will. We burn out when we don’t operate in Him. It is not human nature to sacrifice but in God nature, we make sacrifices of love and forgiveness. Our rest in God never finds its fulfilment in ourselves but always leads us out of ourselves toward him and toward others. The love of God is to be learned as well as expressed.
In our daily walk with God, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we reaffirm this love and abide in it so we can let people see Christ when they see us.
We allow His love to be rooted in our hearts so we don’t get carried away by the mere distractions of storms and trials. True love breeds faith. We accept His love to be assured we can trust Him always. It gives us the confidence in knowing that no matter where the tide leads, God is with us in the boat and will keep us safe. He has our best interest at heart.
Friends, There is a peace that comes from knowing someone loves you and would move the world for you and This peace Christ has given to us through His unconditional love. Live in Christ and let Him love through you.
I end with this beautiful prayer written by Apostle Paul and I hope it makes all the difference.
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Ephesians 3:17-19 NLT
You are loved 💜💙💚