SIGNS OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
As a new Christian, your behavior will definitely change. There will be noticeable internal and external changes. There has to be as you are a new person. Gone is the old self-centered, prideful person replaced with the new Christ-centered, humble person. Sometimes these changes will be gradual and sometimes these changes will be instantaneous, but there will be changes if your salvation is genuine. They include:
A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION
A true Christian will have the wisdom that Proverbs 2 says only God can give. They will understand that there is no way they can “work” their way into heaven as salvation is by grace, through faith alone. The blinders will be taken off and they will see the light.
A HUNGER TO BE IN GOD’S WORD
Like anyone who someone truly loves, you will want to spend time with them in order to get to know them better.A true Christian will have a hunger to be in God’s Word.
AN ACUTE SIN CONSCIOUSNESS
Where previously this innate warning system was “out of order,” the true Christian will be very aware of any sin in their life. Although as humans, we all continue to sin, their sin consciousness will decrease your desire to sin, guaranteed.
A HUMBLE SPIRIT
Out of love, respect, and appreciation for God’s free gift of salvation, the true Christian will change their old prideful demeanor into one of humility and thankfulness. As pride is the root of all sin, humility is a key foundation to every Christian.
A CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR
A Christian is a “new creature in Christ” so it makes sense that there will be noticeable changes in what they read, listen to, watch, talk, and how they act.
A DESIRE TO ENHANCE THE KINGDOM
Out of love, a true Christian will want to do what they can in order to enhance the kingdom and bring others to a saving faith is Jesus Christ. This could be in the form of prayer, teaching, encouraging, witnessing, or any other use of their talents.
Additional References: Ephesians 4:29, 2 Corinthians 5:22
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