If you call yourself a Christian, here is a list of characteristics that St. Paul thinks should mark ever follower of Jesus in their interaction with fellow Christians:
“Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in love.
Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
Practice hospitality” (Romans 12:9-13 New International Version)
Here is how Eugene Peterson renders the above text:
“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.
Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.
Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.
Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality” (Romans 12:9-13 The Message)
In simple words, the lives of the followers of Jesus are marked by:
Here is a thought. Rate yourself in each of these attributes (1 -10 with 10 being being attaining). If you are courageous, invite someone who knows you well rate you as well. Then make a plan to increase each of these qualities in your life.
Ronald Friesen © 2015