By Ryan Kelly –
There are many that have a false impression of who a Christian is and whether they are one. Unlike most societies in our world, the US still claims a strong heritage of Christianity. But just because you believe in elements of faith, are you a Christian?
1 John speaks to this and articulated if-then statements about the actions and beliefs of. Christian versus those of non-Christians.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10
John goes on to say:
“My little children, these things write I unto you that you may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says, I know him, But doesn’t keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoso keepeth his word, and in him has the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him:”. 1 John 2:1-5
It all comes down to our heart. If we are in Jesus, we will have the desire to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others and will do all that we can obey the Father.
If you do not fit this belief, I urge you to search for God in prayer and ask Him to come into your life. He will.
If you match this description and are following Jesus, then be the reflection of the radiance of Jesus and let everyone know of your faith in our Lord. Let it it clear that you are a child of the living God!