8 Rules to Lead a Better Christian Life
By Drake Mariani, Founder, MemLok Bible Memory System
Jesus came to give us a life that is free from hate and worry but abounds in love, giving, peace and joy. Are you living a life that is full and complete in Him?
The life we live as a Christian should demonstrate the promise of God's abundant life.
If you desire to put yourself on the track of living a true Christian’s life, keep reading.
Many times we make life complicated with self made rules that do promise a beautiful life but rarely provide one.
So how can we take some immediate steps that can make the promise of abundance life a reality for us?
Here’s how you can make it happen.
1) Never Hate
Hatred is one of the strongest emotions a human being can feel. To hate someone goes far beyond disliking them or finding them annoying; you may find that you cannot stop thinking about them, or that you fantasize about hurting or humiliating them.
“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15
Whether you realize it or not, it’s exhausting to hate someone, and it’s in your best interests to let that hatred go, no matter how much you were hurt by someone.
2) Don't Worry
When we worry about what will happen the next minute, next day, next day or year, chances are we are thinking too much about everything while the Bible asks us not to be anxious about anything.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God… Philippians 4:6-7
When you worry too much, you make your whole life miserable and burden yourself with a lot of unnecessary stress. Instead ask God.
3) Live Simply
For many people simplicity is about getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love.
Living a simple life also means eliminating all those distractions that keep you from coming in the presence of God.
“...neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself…” Psalm 131:1-2
Remember, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward.
4) Expect A Little
Having expectations is normal. You may be expecting a raise, a phone call from a guy, or be expecting to lose five pounds this month.
It is certainly not bad to want these things and strive for them, however, it becomes a problem when you start expecting from others and yourself instead of God. In doing so you expose yourself to anger due to the unfulfilled expectation.
Your brain will think of it as if this event has already happened, and you may feel less inclined to work diligently to make this a reality. That’s why it’s important to expect a little. Things in life just work out because “let go and let God” philosophy will make you happier and more at ease.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
5) Give a Lot
Kindness is one of the simplest and most important character traits someone can possess.Kindness isn’t just a tool to make friends, to look like a better person or to get ahead in your career. It isn’t a facade you can hide behind or something you can turn on and off as you please.
Kindness is something we should spread generously because you never know when someone you encounter will need it the most. Help others because God will reward you.
“He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.” Prov 21:26
6) Always Smile
Smiling may seem like an involuntary response to something cute or funny, but it is much more than that.
Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better.
That's why smiling even when life gets tough is the recipe for a peaceful Christian life.
7) Live with Love
The Novelist and Playwright, Oscar Wilde wrote "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and a richness to life that nothing else can bring. Who, being loved, is poor?"
And well said.
8) Best of All, Be with God
So many people accept Jesus Christ as Savior, and that's it. They don’t receive Him as Lord of their lives. They don’t go any deeper in their walk with Him. They go back to living their lives the best way they know and keep thinking when they’ll walk those heavenly streets of gold.
That's not how it works.
Walking with God is a 24/7 partnership. Because such a strengthened relationship will make the impossible possible for us.
In other words, being “with God” is a lifestyle, not just an event.
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Sabita is a Christian copywriter who writes words inspired by the Holy Spirit. She has written for HuffPost, and helps entrepreneurs and business leaders better serve their readers while advancing God’s Kingdom.