When our hearts possess the quality of modesty, we will dress modestly, assuming our consciences are not misinformed on the subject. But while the condition of the heart is the primary consideration, both inner and outer modesty are important.
DFBS 243 – The Christian’s outward quality of life is the result of godly character in the inner person
The outward “fruit” of our lifestyle is borne by a tree that has “roots” in our inmost being. Since nothing makes better changes in a person’s heart than obedient faith in Jesus Christ, no one can have a better lifestyle than the faithful Christian.
Each day, let’s lift our thoughts out of our own troubles, and ponder how we might help some fellow Christian, even if it is only by an encouraging word. The truth is, we all carry a heavy load. Let’s help one another to bear our burdens well.
Not even the most powerful evidence for God can convict us if we don’t give it a chance to sink in. So let’s allow ourselves to be impressed with the beauty and majesty of what God has made. It truly is an amazing habitat in which God has placed us.
Being a Christian is not a status to be enjoyed; it is a work to be done. Some of this work is done individually, but some of it is done collectively with our brothers and sisters. The local church is where Christians worship and work together.
Let’s observe how many ways faith can help us. Belief in God is a wonderfully practical thing — there are benefits of faith that we have never tapped. Let’s learn more this week about how the faith God wants us to have produces the good life.
The goal of life is not to see how well rested we can be at the end or how many of our resources we can have in reserve. God blesses us in order that we might use His blessings. Paul said, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.”
By studying Jesus Christ, we can learn God, our Creator, in very personal terms. We can come to know Him and love Him. We can emulate Him and mold our characters to His. We can learn to think and act as He would if He were in our situation.
Sometimes a thing may be both right and easy, but often the right thing is not easy, and at such times a choice has to be made. When difficult choices arise, we need to be people who have disciplined our wills to do as we ought, however hard it is.
There is an inherent attractiveness to the truth, and if we practice God’s truth, others will be drawn to its goodness. If we serve others in the strength that God supplies, those who are served will be moved by love and gratitude to glorify God.