The Gospel Coalition published an article which included 10 essential Christian behaviours (see below, for ease I have removed their supporting scriptural references but these are on the original post)
Ten Essential Christian Behaviors
1. We repent and turn from our sins
2. We forgive others
3. We are undivided in our devotion to God and to Jesus Christ
4. We publicly acknowledge Jesus before others
5. We obey God’s commands and do not make a practice of sinning
6. We live a life that is fruitful and not fleshly
7. We are humble and broken-hearted for our sin
8. We love God and love others
9. We must persevere in the faith
10. We help our natural family and church family when there are physical needs
I was left wondering about the practice of such behaviours – the difficulty is in the detail here not in the generalised statement. We all know we are meant to be loving people because Jesus told us they would know we belong to him by the love we have for one another. So how do we do that?
It is easy at this point to see how readily we could develop our own explanation in terms of do’s and don’ts. Much has been made that the OT Law explains how to practise the 10 commandments by giving another 613.
It makes me realise how hard – and often how untied – living in the Spirit of God is. To listen each moment of each day for his voice. To be enlightened and guided by him takes great spiritual discipline.
Intimacy with the Holy Spirit – fellowship as it is described in 2 Cor 13:14,
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
…is easier to say as words spoken in benediction at the end of a service rather than lived out on a wet Wednesday afternoon.
Yet it is worth it. The Holy Spirit does have a good path through every situation but it is not the same. There are principles he implants on our heart but the outworking of them can look very different in practicality.
Let me finish with two quotes from Do What Jesus Did by Bobby Dawkins,
“We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God” Vince Havner
“Grace is the power of God to do the will of God”
Take some time today and renew your fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Ask, seek, receive and know your Father who is good will pour out his presence to you who ask. May there be more grace, and more Holy Spirit intimacy in your life today.