Being Like Christ

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Let me begin by stating that often the things I write on are things that are weighing heavily on my heart. I have either recently had some experience with it, or need to improve in it. This is definitely the latter. To be completely honest, I find myself being more friendly and encouraging I am surrounded by other devoted Christians. For example, when I am at my bible study or at church I feel that I am always making an effort to be considerate and helpful. I have noticed that in these situations I am more likely to look for opportunities to serve or lend an ear. But when I am at my university I generally just finish my classes and go home. I’m not necessarily “cold” towards anyone, but I’m not very “warm” either. And I can’t help but feel that I am not fully doing my part.

There are so many opportunities I miss by not stepping outside of my comfort zone to be a light. I know that if Christ was in my place he would take every chance he could find to be kind to others. Unfortunately, I seem to only be reaching my full potential when I’m with a bunch of people who are already saved! Of course that’s important as well but I feel that I know I am capable of so much more.

I previously thought that the only way to help others get “saved” is to have them at church or read the bible with them and explain my beliefs or share my testimony. But its so much more than that. Often, a genuine friendship can plant a seed, which leads to more discussion or an accepted invitation to church. By reading the bible, we have so much scripture that tells us the characteristics of Christ. With this we can strive to improve and shape ourselves into these people. By doing so, we can form quality friendships and be consistent in and outside of church.  These values and characteristics can be adapted at any age or stage of your walk in faith and can be applied to any situation.

Personally, I need to work on  being more open and personable while at school as I said before. Keeping to myself may allow me to leave school quicker, but is it helping me be a “fisher of men”? Of course, everyone’s situation is different. Maybe at work you tend to get very overwhelmed easily and overreact when someone makes a mistake. You can apply Ephesians 4:32 by being forgiving and understanding in these situations, just as Jesus has forgiven you for your sins. Maybe your sibling or friend is being bullied and you feel that you don’t have the right words to say, so you stay quiet. In this situation you could be compassionate simply by being there for them or letting a parent or teacher know what is going on. Maybe when you go to the grocery store you always see a homeless person sitting on the curb with a sign asking for help. You could continue driving as usual, or stop and offer a kind word or pray with them.These are all hypothetical situations, but I hope that it has helped you do some personal reflections. I challenge you to join me in taking small steps to go outside of our comfort zones more often and be better Christians.

I believe that there is always room to improve and grow in our faith. I would love to hear how you plan on taking your walk with Christ to a new level. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to being “like Christ”? Please comment below, along with any future post suggestions and prayer requests. Your comments make my day!

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[Photo credits to my nine year-old brother, Billy, who took some of these great shots for me while I held the bible. What a sweetheart!]

30 comments on “Being Like Christ

  1. Oh how true this is. You have such a great thoughts here! I used to think like you too that in helping someone get saved, I had to be all “Bible-y.” But, I’ve found that when we are like Christ our testimony will shine through and that speaks so much louder than words. A struggle I’ve found is that it’s been easy to hide behind my faith and not be as open about it with others (in person) because I live in the Bible belt and everyone is a “Christian.” It’s kind of a reason why I started blogging again because I do want to share my testimonies and struggles with others and I’ve found that writing has given me a good outlet to share my faith with others.

  2. I am an introvert by nature so I have the tendency to try and get in and out when I am in social situations. It’s mostly selfishness on my part because it would take work and effort to interact with others. God really has convicted me of this. I think the greatest thing we can do is love others. For people you dont have a personal relationship with I think it looks like kindness. There is so much anger, hate, and hostility in the world already. We can’t help but shine when we allow ourselves to love others the way Christ has commanded us.

  3. When I was in college I just attended class and left. Never really spoke to anyone. I didnt mind it because thats what I do. I do that now at work. I socialize from time to time and I’m silent a lot if times as well. When I use to attend church conferences and the pastor would say I want you guys to make 5 friends. I actually told the pastor I’m not hear for that. I dont want amd I wont. Thats just the type of person I am.

  4. I am a scientist, as such I find it hard to believe in a supernatural spirit guiding one. But I do believe in the good spirit within people and one should always try to see the better in the world and reach out and give a helping hand. My faith is in the good within people. And I hope that good wins over evil in the end. I think it is great that you try to go out and help people doing the right thing. As an introvert myself I absolutely get the difficulty of reaching out to strangers or only within groups.

  5. I am not a religious person and have spent many years avoiding people who invite me to Bible studies in order to “save” myself.

    I have no problem people believing in what they want to believe in. I just have a hard time opening up to a friendship when I know the person befriending me is doing it for the wrong reasons.

    This year, I moved to a rural town so my husband could start medical school. Because I left my social network behind, I was forced to meet other people – with different beliefs. Over time, I’ve developed a close friendship with someone who is a devoted Christian. But I believe the friendship is genuine because she isn’t trying to change my beliefs, convert me, or “save me.” Both of us have open, deep conversations about our personal beliefs and we’ve accepted that, though we are so different, our friendship is real.

    • Ana,
      I can totally relate to that. It’s harder than we think but it is worth giving our best try and continuing to work at it. God knows we are human- he created us. He does not expect us to be perfect. Just know that he knows you struggle with your emotions and he appreciates when you do try and turn to Him.
      – Danielle

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