No! It’s not clickbait. It’s a legit question. Now hear me out. I’m saying to claim that you’re God or act as if you’re God. If you did that, clearly thats a problem. I’ve been looking for ways to improve over time and try to put on “the new personality” (Colossians 3:10). It’s important that we do this if we really want to live that true Christian life. In what practical ways can you show this new personality?
I’m not shy about talking about my faith. My faith has gotten me through some really tough moments in my life and I won’t apologize for who I am. Does that mean I hate others who are of different religions? No and in fact, that would go against the Christian way. You’re supposed to love everybody. Yes, everybody. You shouldn’t hate someone. You don’t have to necessarily like their actions, but you should still show love to the person.
We are all imperfect and we have fleshly desires ( I mean look at me. I’m a hot mess express). However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t try to improve and incorporate little by little values and change my way of thinking and living according to the Bible. I felt like I was really going through it last year and it was forcing me to see that some of my choices were leading me to my sadness because I wasn’t living and making choices according to His will.
What are some of God’s qualities and how can we imitate him? I don’t want to overwhelm you so I’ll mention just some of his qualities along with some scriptures that you can read and meditate on.
- Jehovah God is love and gives undeserved kindness (2 Chronicles 6:14). We should show love to everyone, even if they don’t like us. We shouldn’t be thrilled of something bad happens to our enemies. We want to do right by God and if the other person is still being difficult, that is between that person and God. You did your best. Be kind to strangers. Be kind to those who look, think, and are of a different status than you. If you know someone needs help, offer help. If they say no then you’re off the hook and trust God will take notice and bless you as well.
- Jehovah God gives us strength (1 Chronicles 28:20 & Psalm 18:2). When you know someone is struggling mentally or physically, help. If you can give them an encouraging message or text them or call them to ask how he or she is doing. Check in on each other. Maybe someone needs help cleaning or maybe you can bring or cook a meal. Maybe if you can financially and discreetly give them some money maybe for groceries or gas or pay a bill. Think of something you can do to lift someone up.
- Jehovah respects life (Exodus 21:22-23 & Psalm 127:3). We shouldn’t do things that are reckless and things that we know can fatally hurt us or others. We should take care of our bodies and treat it like a temple, so that mean we shouldn’t abuse drugs or anything like that. We should treat our bodies with respect and care. We also shouldn’t kill people or purposefully cause injury. All life is precious to God, even the unborn.
- Jehovah God is forgiving and merciful. When someone has wronged us, we need to forgive them. First of all, God won’t forgive us of our sins unless we forgive others. Forgive someone and forget the situation. Don’t harbor resentment or bring it up later after you “let it go”. Truly let the situation go. If someone is truly sorry for what he or she has done and they SHOW it, then yes forgive them. If not, forgive them anyway and keep it pushing. This is hard for me sometimes but if I want others to forgive me and God to forgive me when I fall short, then I have to extend that same olive branch.
- Jehovah is very organized and is strategic in what he does (Ezekiel 42:14). Your house and everything you do should have order. Make sure that things are neat and clean. Make sure you plan things out. Things should flow and should have a purpose. Pay attention even to the smallest details.
- Jehovah does not hold back punishment (Nahum1:3). Discipline others with love. Don’t abuse them! Be firm in your discipline. Don’t give in easily because they’re hurting. When the person or people will get it together, then forgive the person.
- Jehovah loves truth and what is good (Psalm 15:4 & Luke 6:35). When God says he will do something, trust and believe that he will do it. Same for you. If you said you will do something and you promised, even if it’s inconvenient for you, you do it. You gave your word. God cannot lie and he wants you to be honest in what you say or do. Don’t cheat people out of things and you should hate everything that he hates (1 Corinthians 5:11).
What quality do you think you will work on? It doesn’t have to be all at once and it can be done little by little. Go to God in prayer and ask him to help you!