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Values of Christianity


2021-10-14 5795

Our actions or behavior are based on our personal values. We as individuals behave in situations according to our perceptions on the situations.  Our perceptions are largely influenced by our personal values. We do good or bad in our transitions in society according to what we believe. Hence it is all about values we inherit. Therefore values add values to our lives.

This is where a religion performs a vital role in the lives of its believers. Every religion has values which mold the behaviors of its followers. Since I am not knowledgeable enough to comment about the valves of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islamic as a born and a practicing Christian, generally I know that all these religions have values to set principles for activities of believers to direct them always to do good and prevent them harming the society. 

The Holy Bible guides our behavior in all aspects of life, including our home life, our work life, and our social life. Worldly values include wealth, power, pleasure, revenge, fame, vanity and status which are important to people who perceive no power or purpose beyond themselves. Worldly values promote jealousies, resentments and conflicts among people in accordance with the purposes of Satan

Bible Reference - Ephesians 2:1-3, 4:25-32, Acts, 5:3John 8:44, Romans 16:17-20, 2 Timothy 2:22-26, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 1 John 3:8-10

The Holy Bible teaches us values which are opposite of worldly values. Let’s have a look.

Love  

In a response to a questioner “which is the greatest commandment” by Matthew Jesus answered "Love the Lord your God" is the most important of the commandments, Jesus continued. The second is 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." 

"Love" has many different meanings. In the New Testament, it is commonly known as "Christian love." It means respect, affection, benevolence, good-will and your commitment for the well-being of the community.

In His Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus made the point that we should extend our Christian love to all people irrespective of race, religion, nationality. We must practice that Christian love even toward our enemies! (Matthew 5:43-48) Jesus' Golden Rule is, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

Bible references - Leviticus 19:18, , Romans 13:8-10, 15:1-2, James 2:8, Luke 6:31, 10:25-28, John 13:34-35,Matthew 7:12, 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-31

Be Humble

Being humble is a quality of being courteous and respectful towards others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, and boastfulness.  Humbleness is what is most required to live peacefully in a society. Why have we lost peace in the world? Our arrogance. Do you agree ? 

Bible references - Ephesians 4:1-6, 1 Corinthians 10:24,  Philippians 2:2-8, 2 Timothy 2:22-25. Matthew 5:5-9, 20:25-28, Mark 9:35. 

Honesty

Honesty has been highlighted as a great quality in humanity throughout the Bible. Deception to gain an advantage or harm someone is prohibited by the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:16).

Dishonesty may be by lying, cheating, innuendo, or failing to tell the whole truth. Hence not as Christian as humans, we must not engage in any form of theft, cheating, deception, innuendo, slander or gossip.

We sometimes are tempted to be dishonest to achieve a good result. It is soothing that happens frequently while justifying ourselves that it is not a sin. Holiness is in living by the commandments, not in achieving an end result.  In Biblical teaching, the ends do not justify the means!

Bible references - Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 16:19-20, 25:13-16, Leviticus 19:11-12, 19:35-36,  Psalms 15:1-5, 24:3-5, Proverbs 10:9, 11:1, 11:3, 12:22, 16:28, 19:1, 20:10, 24:28, 28:6, 28:20, Isaiah 33:15-16, Zechariah 7:9,  15:19-20, 19:17-19, , 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, 2 Corinthians 7:2, 2 Corinthians 8:21, Ephesians 4:25, Philippians 4:8-9,  Hebrews 13:18, James 5:12, 1 Peter 2:12, 3:10 , Mark 10:19, Luke 3:12-14, 16:10,Matthew 5:33.37  

Live a Moral Life

Jesus in his preaches taught us plenty of ways of falling into immorality.  Murder, evil thoughts, adultery, theft, malice, false testimony, slander, greed, deceit, lewdness, envy, arrogance and foolishness. We often think of morality in terms of sexual sins, but according to Jesus, sins such as slander, greed, covetousness, deceit, and arrogance are equally immoral.

Bible references - Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:27-28, 15:18-19, Mark 7:20-22, 10:11-12, Romans 13:11-14, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 5:1-7, Colossians 3:5-10, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-9

Generosity

The Bible tells us to share generously with those in need, and good things will come to us in turn. Do you think that to be generous, you should be rich and have enough money. Even a poor person has something to offer to someone in need. Can’t you spend your time on charitable activities..? Be a friend to someone who is sick or lonely or do volunteer work.

Bible references - Hebrews 13:1-3, 13:15-16, Leviticus 19:9-10, 25:35-38,  Proverbs 14:21, 28:27, Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Isaiah 58:10-11, , Acts 20:35, Romans 12:6-8, 2 Corinthians 9:5-7,  1 Timothy 6:17-19, 1 John 3:17, Matthew 5:42, 6:1-2, 25:31-46, Luke 6:38, 12:33, 21:1-4

Don't Retaliate

We often tend to retaliate in offensive rather than beneficial ways. Why is the world so wicked. Because of retaliation in wrong ways and means. Jesus told, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. (Matthew 5:38-40)

You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:43-45) Jesus told us we must reconcile with our opponents, forgive their transgressions, and let go of the anger that may tempt us to commit an act of revenge.

Bible references - Proverbs 10:12, 12:16, 15:1, 15:7, 19:11, 20:22, 24:29, Leviticus 19:18, Psalms 37:8-9, , Romans 12:17-21, 1 Corinthians 6:7-8, Ephesians 4:26, 4:31-32, Colossians 3:7-8, James 1:19-20, 1 Thessalonians 5:15, 1 Peter 3:9, 1 John 2:9-11, 4:19-21, Matthew 5:21-26, 5:43-48

Forgive

This world would have been a wonderful place if we forgive. We retaliate in offensive situations due to the dearth of quality of forgiving. Jesus stated “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15) As God is merciful and forgives our sins and failings we must be merciful and forgive other people who sin against us or do us harm.

Bible references - Colossians 3:12-14, Ephesians 4:32Matthew 5:7, 18:21-35, Mark 11:25, Luke 17:3-4, 

 

 

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