Basic Character of a Christian
Paul in his letter to the Romans wrote on how a Christian should look. We need to see ourselves in the mirror and see if we look a Christian?
9 Let love (charity) be without dissimulation (without hypocrisy). Abhor (dislike) that which is evil (wicket); cleave (hold on / join) to that which is good (benefits oneself).
10 Be kindly affectioned (associate) one to another with brotherly love; in honour (valuing) preferring (leading) one another;
11 Not slothful (sluggish) in business (work); fervent (zealous) in spirit; serving (being in bondage with / slave to) the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope (anticipation); patient (enduring) in tribulation (affliction); continuing instant (continue steadfastly) in prayer;
13 Distributing (Partnering) to the necessity of saints (the holy); given (press on) to hospitality (love strangers).
14 Bless (consecrate with solemn prayers) them which persecute you: bless (consecrate with solemn prayers), and curse (imprecate evil upon) not.
15 Rejoice (Be glad) with them that do rejoice (are happy), and weep (grief) with them that weep (sad).
16 Be of the same (His) mind (understanding) one toward another. Mind (Think) not high things (highly), but condescend (be humble) to men of low estate. Be not wise (root from being separated) in your own conceits (one's self).
17 Recompense (render) to no man evil (bad nature) for evil (bad nature). Provide (Perceive before hand) things honest (good) in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals (burning coals) of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome (conquered) of (by) evil (bad nature), but overcome (conquer) evil (bad nature) with good.
Since this is very important I have tried to simplify this and would request each one to print out the simplified text and keep a copy on one's self at all times to remind one self daily as to what is expected of us as a Christian.
Romans 12:9-21 [simplified]
9 Let charity (selfless love) be without hypocrisy. Dislike that which is wicket; hold on to that which benefits you (in body, mind and spirit).
10 Associate with one another in brotherly love; valuing, leading one another;
11 Do not be sluggish in work; Be zealous in spirit; be in bondage (slave) to the Lord;
12 Rejoice in anticipation while enduring affliction; continually steadfast in prayer;
13 Partner to the necessity of the holy; press on (go out of your way) to love strangers.
14 Consecrate with solemn prayers them which persecute you: consecrate with solemn prayers, and not imprecate evil (in thought or word).
15 Be glad with them that are happy, and grief with them that are sad.
16 Be of His (Christ's) understanding toward one another. Think not highly of one's self, but be humble to men of low estate (poor worldly, mentally or spiritually). Be not separated in your own self (keep fellowship with your brothers and sisters in the Lord).
17 Render to no man bad nature for bad nature. Perceive before hand things which are good in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you (means not compromising your faith or belief), live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap burning coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not conquered by bad nature, but conquer bad nature with good.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, You are perfect and nothing in creation is like unto You. Lord God, as your children You like us to be like You. Lord we ask You to guide us in our every thought and deed according to your Word so that we may be your sons...
This we ask in Jesus' Name,Amen.
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