We all say, "Let them see Jesus in me," but are we reflecting Christ to those with whom we come in contact?
Our goal is to follow the example of the way Jesus lived His life. Ask yourself today – is your lamp burning as bright as the Son of God?
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
– Galatians 2:20
When we became followers of Christ, our lives have been transformed and it is Christ who must be on the throne of our lives. He is the One others must see when they look at us.
1. Freely Forgive
Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
– Colossians 3:13
Forgiveness can be difficult, especially when you have been hurt in a way that you never thought possible. We understand that it is not within us to be able to forgive freely and without condition. This is why your forgiveness of another is a powerful testimony of Christ's presence in your life.
2. Be Gracious, Not Critical
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
– Micah 6:8
Being humans... it is so much easier for us to be critical of someone than to show grace. When we start empathising with others' situations and showing grace and mercy, we become representatives of Christ's grace and mercy. When you are kind, just, and humble in your attitude toward others, they will see Christ in you.
3. Keep Cool
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
– James 1:19-20
Are you a person of self-control who can keep cool or do you fly off the handle when you are upset? There is wisdom in exercising patience and understanding, even in a frustrating situation. Your self-control shows others Who you are trusting in. Displaying a gentle spirit and respond maturely shows others that your faith and trust is in God – the One who can work out any situation.
4. Slow Down, and Be Holy
Be still, and know that I am God!
– Psalm 46:10
Holiness means to be set apart because of our purity and righteousness that comes not from ourselves, but Christ's Spirit in us. The world says, "Hurry up. Be faster. Get it done now!" but we as children of God can slow down to hear God's voice, notice the people around us, and say a kind word.
5. Be Zealous for God's Glory
But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into Him, the anointed Head of His body, the church.
– Ephesians 4:15 TPT
Don't be afraid to voice out when someone claims to come in the name of God but is preaching a different Gospel. Don't be afraid to speak up if an unfair burden is being placed on the servants of the Lord or distracting from the Gospel of grace. Jesus protects the holiness, integrity and glory of God – and that's what we should do too, so others will see Jesus in us. (but do this with Godly wisdom and discretion too.)