The Bible is full of instructions from God.
If I were to point out every detail this would be one long post so i am praying this will be just a “mother of a post” giving birth to what The Holy Spirit may say to the reader.
Sooooo, here we go…
This all comes from parts of James 2, 1st John 4 and Galatians 5.
It’s not short because the Lord laid a lot on me & i captured it all here.
You believe that God is one; you do well.
Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful?
That’s just great.
Demons do that, but what good does it do them?
Use your heads!
Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?
James 2:19-20 MSG
So let’s be real, there must be something more to you than just being a believer,
Even the demons believe—and shudder! [in terror and horror such as make a man’s hair stand on end and contract the surface of his skin]!
Are you willing to be shown [proof]?
James 2:19-20 AMP
Was not our forefather Abraham [shown to be] justified (made acceptable to God) by [his] works when he brought to the altar as an offering his [own] son Isaac? [Gen. 22:1-14.]
You see that [his] faith was cooperating with his works, and [his] faith was completed and reached its supreme expression [when he implemented it] by [good] works. (James 2:21-22 AMP)
The Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.
YES, justified by grace but thought faith IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
As an example, Abraham believed in God, meaning he adhered to, trusted in, and relied on God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God’s will in thought and deed), and he was called God’s friend. [Gen. 15:6; II Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8.]
You see that a man is justified (pronounced righteous before God) through what he does and not alone through faith [through works of obedience as well as by what he believes].
And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
She was justified (pronounced righteous before God) by [good] deeds when she took in the scouts (spies) and sent them away by a different route? [Josh. 2:1-21.]
James 2:23-25 AMP
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
James 2:19, 23-26 ESV
We can say i am a believer all we want but it is the fruit we bare that says if our actions match our words.
Christian, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4 AMP).
Being a real life, Christ-like person is a life style.
We are not like the typical world whose whole economy & moral structure is different.
What most people consider to be of great value (just materialistic ‘stuff’) we see as temporal.
We are children of God. Whoever is learning to know God progressively in order to perceive, recognize, and understand God does so by observation and experience.
We strive to get an ever-clearer knowledge of Him.
By this we know (recognize) the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God it springs from HIM!
WHOEVER loves his fellowmen is begotten (born) of God and is coming progressively to know and understand God.
We perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him.
He who does not love has not become acquainted with God
Those we know, even if a “Church goer” who don’t simple display real love (1st Co 13 type love) Then they do not and never did know Him, for God is love.
The love of God was displayed by God sending His Son, the only begotten or unique Son, into the world so that we might live through Him (Jn 3:16).
If God loved us so very much, we also ought to love one another.
No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, it runs its full course, is perfected) in us!
That is how we come to know, perceive, recognize, and understand that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us: because He has given (imparted) to us of His [Holy] Spirit.
The living breathing Word of God gives us a record of those who saw Christ 1st hand (first hand witnesses)
Those inspired to write deliberately and steadfastly contemplated and bore witness that the Father sent the Son as the Savior of the world.
Anyone who confesses (acknowledges, owns) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (lives, makes His home) in him and he [abides, lives, makes his home] in God.
So rest a sure, we know, understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience and believe or adhere to, put faith in and rely on the love God cherishes for us.
You will notice 1st John 4 records, almost overly repetitively…
God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.
We love Him, because He first loved us.
If anyone says, I love God, and hates, detests or abominates his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen
(1 John 4:5-16, 19-20 AMP).
ALL these characteristics of God we should be expressing:
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
May people see God’s Character in me.
I truly believe Jesus displayed His Father’s ways and i believe i am filled with HIS Spirit so i also show all those same unconditional attributes to others.
i’m sad to say i don’t see that lived out by many people i am around and especially when i go to church, however, the more i fix my eyes on Jesus the less i am bother by it and realize that,
It is up to each individual to live their lives pleasing before God.
GOD & GOD ALONE WILL DECIDE who is & who isn’t real in word & deed.
Trying not to be quality control & judgemental i just got to be who HE wants me to be & you be like HIM, not like me.