Have your inner values aligned
for successful Christian living

The value of conviction

Clarence has a strong belief in God's promises and what Christ has to give. His conviction makes him affective in witnessing to others. Others see his sincerity and his transparency, and are impressed with his firm conviction of grace.

The value of service

Clarence considers it an honor to be a servant of the Most High God, and to take a lowly and humble position of submission and obedience to the will of his Lord. He finds joy in serving others, as if he were serving the Lord.

The value of of focus

Clarence focuses on things that are important to God. With God at the center of everything, Clarence has a better chance of fulfilling the first command. When he focuses on forgiveness, he can find order, stability, purpose and peace. When he focuses on God's will, even though he looks weak, he can find God's strength to accomplish it.

The value of generosity

Clarence has developed a generous nature, by completely abandoning selfishness and greed. He is mindful of the sacrifice that God made to save us, and also of the needs of God's work on earth. He is passionate about giving generously and cheerfully to be able to help the poor, and support the church.
Christian values are distinctively different.

There are vast differences between God's ways and our ways. The Bible makes it clear what a better character looks like. Some values that Jesus taught and lived, and that He wants us to live are:

To love each other with a new kind of heart and perspective. It is sometimes a challenge to love each other because many people have faults that often turn us away from them. However, Jesus requires us that we still love them regardless of their faults. This is an unconditional and sacrificial type of love that doesn't come easily to man. We are not to ignore other people in need on the basis of ‘we cannot be bothered’ or ‘let someone else reach out to them.’ In loving others, Jesus advises us to feed the poor, clothe the naked, provide shelter for the homeless and visit those in the prison’ (Matthew 25: 31-46) whether we like them or not. The Christian concept of love is being proactive, helpful, caring and a whole lot more; so Christians ought to be involved in specific ways to exercise their loving nature more and more.

Love our enemies: In the Old Testament, it is reported in the Law of Moses, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," yet, Jesus changed that law by saying, "If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.’ (Luke 6: 29 NIV). Harboring a grudge against another person is not in keeping with the Christian way of life. This forgiving type of love is a Christian value, and it is to be our nature to show Christian character by loving everyone, even our enemies and doing good to them, even praying for those who despitefully use or persecute us. The Christian concept of love treats others with empathy and understanding.

Longsuffering: Longsuffering (patience, perseverance) is one of the fruit of the Spirit. The word really means to be able to suffer long with something or someone without grumbling, hitting back at the person or never giving up in the process. Longsuffering is a part of the character of God and it is His nature to suffer long. If God, over the many years has put up with our sins, then it follows that to have a character like His, we must bear the sins, mistakes and short-comings of others as well. Forgiveness is to be an ongoing process, which makes it a type of longsuffering to be a forgiver who may also be the victim. Once we are able to forgive others of their sins, we will find ourselves developing a caring concern towards them; and becoming motivated with compassion and nurture.

Kindness: One of the characteristics of the Christian faith is to show kindness. In fact, most non-Christians always look for kindness in individuals who profess to be Christians. Love is what will propel us to be kind, and without the love of God residing within us, we are not able to carry out this function of Christ’s beautiful character. Kindness, as a fruit of the Spirit, and requires the involvement of the other fruit of the Spirit. We can never fully walk in kindness, unless we are also loving, gentle, longsuffering, faithful, meek, temperate, joyful, empathetic and peaceful towards each other. When we practice to be kind, we find that we become more generous, more joyful, clear headed and able to make unselfish decisions. The Word of God says, 'Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.' (Romans 12:10 NIV).

Question: Would anyone who knows you describe you as possessing these beautiful qualities?