What ruins a Christian’s testimony to the world (and what non-Christians find so unbelievable) is when we say we believe in Jesus, yet don’t emulate His qualities. While no one is perfect, the world should know someone is a Christian by how freely they express the fruits of the Holy Spirit—love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.
When we act more like the world than the God we claim to love and serve, we don’t realize we are making room for pride, arrogance, and rebellion to reign supreme in our hearts.
It’s never easy to admit we have sin in our lives. But when we choose to blatantly ignore it, or say we want closeness to God yet deny His power, we are missing out on the intimacy God designed for us. By implementing some of the suggestions in this article, we can reclaim that intimacy and enjoy the fullness of joy and fellowship God desires.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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