Have your inner values aligned
for successful Christian living

The value of friendships

Stephanie befriends types of people that most try to avoid. She has genuine heart-felt love for the unlovely, the ungodly and the marginalised. She accepts and respects them, as though Jesus now calls them friends.

The value of of prayer

Stephanie is an intercessor. She prays earnestly for the needs of others, knowing how much more God cares for them. Stephanie uses fasting as a way to enrich her prayer life and ask God to reveal more of Himself to her.

The value of self esteem

Stephanie found her self worth was actually based on a debt she owed to Jesus Christ. She learnt that God's love is the basis for her self love, and the more she realised she owed Him, the more she realised her worth.

The value of of character

Stephanie wears her character like a bagde of honor, because it has been forged and moulded through years of the toughest tests. Every test allows Christ's spirit to become stronger in her, until it makes her worthy of the title 'overcomer'.

Our Christian character reveals Christ and His values to others.

God is a God of mercy; however, in most cases he will not reveal His mercy to people unless it is shown through us. Therefore, as Christians we should show God's mercy to individuals who need it. Instead of condemning others, we should show the practical merciful side of God as opportunities arise.

Peace is another fruit of the Spirit and for us to exercise it we must first experience the peace of God within and then be able to live a life of peacefulness with others, especially when we are provoked, frustrated or wronged. ‘If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.’ (Romans 12:18 NIV). It is not easy to always make peace with people who have wronged us. However, in the strength of the Lord and in accord with His wisdom, it is possible to do so. 'But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.' (James 3:17-18 NIV)

An fine example of a godly life found in the Old testament is Joseph, who did not show any hatred towards his wicked brothers because he was living in close fellowship with God. It was in God’s strength that he could forgive, accept and love them. Living peacefully with others will bring out of us many godly virtues and Christ-like character that will not only help the world to see Jesus in us, but will confirm our new righteous standing with God.

Another of Jesus' paradigm shifts was, ‘I come to serve and not to be served.’ If we are to embrace Christian values and possess Christian virtue and character, then it is necessary that we learn to serve others. To serve others we must possess a special type of humility in us. After all, not many people we come into contact with that need serving are lovable. In fact, some are dirty and lowdown rude and seem unlovable. Yet, it is our duty as Christians to serve them. Jesus reminds those followers seeking greatness in His kingdom that, ‘whosoever shall be chief among you, let him be your servant.’ (Matthew 20: 26,27)

If we are true servants of God we will be more than willing to serve those who are in need, because like Christ we have compassion for them. In addition, we will take up the task of serving where no others dare to serve, because that is our new nature. But in so doing, a true servant does not seek the recognition of others; instead, he seeks only the approval of God. Being a servant-hearted Christian is a great way to highlight Christian values and character to a hurting world. The world may not be looking for religion, but it is definitely searching for a better way of life.

Question: How can we properly represent Christ without displaying these remarkable Christian qualities?