What’s Does Your Conduct Look Like.?
(2 Corinthians CHAPTER 5)
“We all must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” -2 Corinthians 5:10
Our conduct is how the world views Christ that is why we are to be well pleasing to God. The knowledge of future accountability as we read in Chapter 10 regarding our services in itself, should be reason enough for us to seek to be “well pleasing to God”. -2 Corinthians 5:9
Let’s look at Christianity as if it were a movie, and our good works can be seen as the trailer. When unbelievers see the love Christians have for one another and the good works they perform, they may think all sorts of evil things about Christians, but they cannot fault their conduct, and this abounds to the glory of God.
Even in our witnessing and defense of the faith, we should conduct ourselves with gentleness and respect- 1Peter 3:15, not in angry, boastful tones. The truth of the matter is that the gospel is already an offense to the unbelieving world.-1Corinthians 1:18 We don’t need to add to it. Godly living may result in disfavor with others because it warns of judgement for the ungodly.
As Godly individuals we must live by the ethic of love, selflessly asking, “How can I live for the benefit of others.?” We should not be lawless or sloppy in the way they live; rather, we should seek to do right in everything.- Philippians 1:27
If Christians conduct themselves no differently from the outside world, what good is that?
If indeed the outside world is watching and they see no difference between themselves and Christians, what motivation (if any) will there be for them to change their lifestyle?
Do you understand you will give an account to Jesus as Judge for every thought, word, and deed.?
Reading vs 10 in chapter 5 should be all the influence we need and it should influence our conduct. Appropriate the fact that God has called you to live for Him! Avoid all the selfishness or personal ambition. Practice diligence in everything. Do what is right! Make sure ethics reflect Jesus in all your conduct. If we want the gospel to be received positively we must make sure it is presented humbly and gently instead of in a rude and cantankerous way. Our conduct can either help or hinder the gospel.
Have you heard the saying, “God can draw a straight line with a crooked stick, but imagine how much easier it would be if the stick were less crooked.”
“…..be holy in all your conduct.”- 1Peter 1:15
Remember you are being transformed into the likeness of Christ and in being transformed you are also developing the fruits of The Spirit.
“Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”- 1 Timothy 4:12