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Christians as often called are to be disciples of Christ because without the resurrection of our Lord and saviour Christianity would have been void. Therefore, following the teachings, He gave to us is a must if we want to be rightfully called His disciples a.k.a Christians.
Before going to the Father as a right leader Jesus gave instructions to his disciples. The first of all is love as well stated in John 13: 34 “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another”. It is amazing how in this short sentence, the word love is uttered 3 (three) times.
This is because of the importance it had for our master. Christians ought to be custodians of peace as well as love in their immediate environment. When dying on the cross, Christ shew us how great was His love for humanity and by forgiving our trespasses when we became born again, he reaffirmed the interest He Has in us.
No wonder in the 35th verse of John 13 Jesus continued in saying “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one another”. This is so clear that we have to let this hate and focus on loving our neighbours, family members as well as colleagues and even strangers with so much love to continue in doing the will of our father.
In love lies obedience because love never wants to hurt the other party. Recalling the whole story of Jesus, He Himself was a tireless obedient son to His heavenly father. Obedience is therefore the proof of true love that is why in John 14: 15 Jesus said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments”. He furthered in John 15: 10 saying: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love”. This is because it is obvious that keeping the instructions, He gave us will set us apart and clearly make the difference between His true disciples and the others.
It might not be easy at first sight but His “yoke is easy and (His) burden is light” says Matthew 11: 30. The only thing is to pray for grace to do the right thing while engaging consciously to flee away from situations that do not bring glory to Him. This is surely why in talking to prophet Zechariah in chapter 4 verse 6, the word of the Lord came saying: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit”. You know what to do next, PRAY FOR GRACE.
There is no genuine joy outside God. Constant happiness cannot be compared to joy because the latter comes from within while the other is a product of external circumstances. Jesus knew the Christian’s walk won’t be smooth that is why in John 15: 11 he said that “These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might (remain) full.” We as Christians need to be joyful always to remain steadfast in the faith because it is not an easy affair.
No wonder 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 we are given this instruction to “Rejoice evermore” no matter what comes our way. You might ask where will I take this joy from, and we will tell you it can found in drawing closer day by day to your Creator through the meditation of the word and constant discussions (prayers) with Him.
Which attribute do you think you need to polish more to look a little bit more like Christ every day?