THE KEY ELEMENTS OF CHRISTIAN LIVING God Company Sri Lanka
MY LIFE…I have been dealing with certain Sinful ways in my life, and sometimes they still get thebetter of me. But with my ever expanding communion with Jesus, I have been able to rid orgreatly reduce these Negative actions such as Anger, Vengeance, Jealousy, Un-forgiveness, Hatred, through convictions I have received by reading and attempting to live asthought by Jesus’ teachings. I have also been able to increasingly find solace in Jesus becauseI know that He is with me, and therefore I am an entity and one with the Master of theOcean, the Earth and the entire Universe.Am I perfect? Of course not, but with greater understanding of Jesus’ word I strive to livein the light and be a light onto others - with whom I come in to contact on a day to daybasis - so that when they praise me I will direct their praises to Glorify my God in Heaven. Ajith G. Perera God Company Sri Lanka.
HOW DID I COME TO THIS CONVICTIONWhen I accepted Jesus as my personal savior - after 48 years of my life - I began a journey seeking Jesus as a new bornChristian… The depth of His teachings initially created awe in me which in turn became the very basis of my relationship with Jesus. I like to share a few key teachings that I believe are the main elements in Christianity, in the hope that my experience would provide helpful insights to any others who are on the same path of discovery .
KEY ELEMENTS NEEDED TO LEAD A CHRISTIAN LIFEFAITH
THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF FAITHI CAME TO THE REALIZATION THROUGH THE WORD THATABSOLUTE FAITH IS AN ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT.Jesus healed many who came to Him in Faith…Matthew 9: 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat.When Jesus saw their FAITH, he said to the man, ―Take heart, son; your sinsare forgiven.‖Mark 5: 34He said to her, ―Daughter, your FAITH has healed you. Go in peace and befreed from your suffering.‖Luke 18:42Jesus said to him, ―Receive your sight; your FAITH has healed you.‖
THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF FAITH CONT…Jesus rebuked those who did not have Faith…Matthew 6:30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today andtomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you -YOUOF LITTLE FAITH?Matthew 8 : 26He replied, “YOU OF LITTLE FAITH, WHY ARE YOU SO AFRAID?”Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completelycalm.Matthew 14 :31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “YOU OF LITTLEFAITH,” HE SAID, “WHY DID YOU DOUBT?”
THE CRITICAL IMPORTANCE OF FAITH CONT…Absolute Faith is an absolute requirement…Mark 1122 “HAVE FAITH IN GOD,” JESUS ANSWERED. 23 ―Truly I tell you, ifanyone says to this mountain, ‗Go, throw yourself into the sea,‘ and does notdoubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be donefor them.Matthew 13:58And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
KEY ELEMENTS NEEDED TO LEAD A CHRISTIAN LIFEFAITH LOVE
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVEI also came to understand that Love is also an absolutely important elementin a Christian life. Without Love we are nothing and fall far short of what is expected from us as Christians. Luke 6 : 2727 ―But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Matthew 22 37 Jesus replied: “„Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.‘[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: „Love your neighbor as yourself.‟ [d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.‖ John 13 :34 ―A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, SO YOU MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
IMPORTANCE OF LOVE CONT…Love that Jesus expects from His followers is quite complex. I asked my self how could one Love someone else as much as one loved his family…As our creator He has to know that we will fail in this regard. We are emotionally connected to our families and family extensions.By telling us to love our fellow man AS MUCH AS OUR SELVES Jesus is Emphasizing the importance of Love.
IMPORTANCE OF LOVE CONT… .As expected by Jesus if an abundance of love was present in the world today then all what has gone wrong WILLNOT EXIST. Because with an abundance of Love a host of other connected inputs such asCare, Peace, Humility, Selflessness, Compassion, Helpfu lness, Honesty, Trust, Integrity are released in to the world.I strongly believe that as Christians we have to Live withLove for those around as so that through our good deeds we are singled out as being different to others.WE HAVE TO BE A LIGHT IN THIS DARK WORLD. Imagine a world filled with Love…
IMPORTANCE OF LOVE CONT… 1 Corinthians 13 1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do nothave love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can movemountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all Ipossess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, [b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
KEY ELEMENTS NEEDED TO LEAD A CHRISTIAN LIFE FAITH LOVEFORGIVENESS
THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGIVENESS I also came to understand that Forgiveness is also anabsolutely important state of mind in Christian living. Jesus emphasized many times on the very importance of Forgiveness. Matthew 69 ―This, then, is how you should pray: ‗Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 18 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ―Lord, how many times shall Iforgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?‖ 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGIVENESS Cont… Mark 1124 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you standpraying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.‖
MARK 11 : 22This is an important scripture that I claimed on my life. My perceptionof this scripture is that: When I pray I have to have the FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT I WILL RECEIVE To receive I SHOULD LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY and as such my request should be a righteous one. – 14 ―Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.‖ -Matthew 5:14
THE IMPORTANCE OF FORGIVENESS Cont… In order to receive blessings from God, our lives should be filled with LOVE THAT TRANSCENDS FORGIVENESS TO OTHERS so that OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN BY OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN - enabling us to stand before Him as cleansed persons. I strongly believe the pinnacle of Christian living is to live a life with Love and Forgiveness After being whipped, assaulted, spat upon, ridiculed, humiliated , Crucified - one of the most long and painful methods of human execution…and while hanging on the cross… 34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. - Luke 23: 34
MATTHEW 5 : 14I have to live in the Light to receive blessings from God.When I live in the Light shunning darkness and negativity from mylife(not easy but I keep working at it each day addressing all thefailures of the previous day…) my whole body is full of light. Youfeel the difference…the freedom. It is then you can receive Gods fullblessing… because God is light and has no capacity for darkness.
KEY ELEMENTS NEEDED TO LEAD A CHRISTIAN LIFE FAITH LOVE LIVINGFORGIVENESS EXAMPLE
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A LIVING EXAMPLE – A LIGHT ON TO OTHERSI also came to understand that being a witness and an example to others is an important requirement in Christian living. Matthew 5 14 ―You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in thehouse. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
IMPORTANCE OF BEING A LIGHT ON TO OTHERS CONT… By being an example to others we can be instrumental in brining many people to Jesus. To believe in Jesus Christ and be saved. This is the whole point of Jesus‘ coming. To save the world. Therefore we are expected to spread the Good news to as many as we can by LIVING EXAMPLE and produce a crop(…not simply offer lip service). Mark 420 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.‖
IMPORTANCE OF BEING A LIGHT ON TO OTHERS CONT… To do this we don‘t all have to be Pastors and TV Evangelists. The way we live and the collective impressionthat Christians generate in society will be the drawing factor towards our Lord.
IMPORTANCE OF BEING A LIGHT ON TO OTHERS CONT…The early Christians rapidly grew because their gooddeeds were seen and people were drawn to thembecause of their vivid example of Christian living. Acts 4:32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed thatany of their possessions was their own, but they shared everythingthey had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to theresurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God‟s grace was so powerfully atwork in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them.For from time to time those who owned land or houses soldthem, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles‟feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
IMPORTANCE OF BEING A LIGHT ON TO OTHERS CONT…Yes...a hard act to follow. But in todays context we are not expected to bePhilanthropists… Marriage being one of God‟s covenants, we have tomarry have Kids and families. We have been given responsibilities thatwe have to perform within God‟s plan for us. We are required to performthese tasks that God has given us.While performing these duties Christians are expected to live a life thatis pleasing to God filled with LOVE and FORGIVENESS … So that ourgood deeds will be seen by others and (they) would be drawn to our Godand Father in Heaven.16In the same way, let your light shine beforeothers, that they may see your good deeds and glorifyyour Father in heaven. – Matthew 5
KEY ELEMENTS NEEDED TO LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE FAITH LOVE LIVINGFORGIVENESS EXAMPLE
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