Being a Christian is ultimately about behaving like one. Jesus Christ gave us the guidelines to follow his lead to develop a Christ-like character.
Here are seven Christian virtues we need to strive to exhibit in our daily walk with the Lord and in life through these inspirational Bible verses.
1. Be loving
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
Jesus also said this was the second greatest commandment…
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
– Mark 12:31
Jesus said that “All the Law and the Prophets hang on” loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself. (see also Matthew 22:36-40).
Someone who does not demonstrate a loving demeanor is missing the most crucial element of being a Christian.
2. Demonstrate kindness
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant,”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4
Kindness is a direct reflection of a loving demeanor. Kindness does not exist in the absence of patience or love.
Kindness is the demonstration of treating others as we would prefer to be treated.
3. Show compassion
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,”
– Colossians 3:12
None of us are perfect. We all have failings. Likewise, we all have different levels of capabilities. We are to show compassion towards others more unfortunate than ourselves.
We also need to be compassionate to people who make mistakes and might offend us in some way, treating them as we would desire to be treated.
Love leads to compassion, and both are necessary ingredients for the ability to be forgiving.
4. Be forgiving
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
One of the most difficult aspects of being Christ-like is the ability to forgive. Yet, before we can be worthy of God’s forgiveness, we must be able to forgive others.
“bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
– Colossians 3:13
5. Engage in charity
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
We are called to help the weak, the needy, the poor, the unfortunate, widows and orphans. To have the means to help, but to not do so – is not only hypocritical, but it shows the absence of love.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
–1 John 3:17
6. Be responsible
“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
–1 Timothy 5:8
None of us survived infancy without having someone who watched over us, clothed and fed us as we grew to the point of being able to take care of ourselves.
In turn, we are to be responsible for caring for others who cannot care for themselves. At the same time, once we are able-bodied, we are responsible to carry our own load.
We aren’t to be lazy and take advantage of others.
“For each will have to bear his own load.”
This is not only about being physically and financially responsible, but also to be morally responsible and honest.
7. Walk in faith
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Christian faith is all about belief. We gain that belief and build up our faith through God’s word in the Holy Scriptures.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
We cannot have a connection to God without faith. God desires to be loved, and that is achieved through faith. It is faith alone that saves us from our sin through God’s grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”