Values In Christian Ways
Something of principle or standard, something worthy, Something important, is said to be Valuable. So, value could be said to be something of high importance.
But then, when we talk about values in the Christian ways, we are talking about the steps, the principles in which a follower of our lord Jesus holds as great importance; that is to say, Those principles of life in which Jesus taught.
Values in the Christian way don’t change over time. They are consistent, been pass down from generation to generation since their foundation is found in God’s Word, the Bible.
One very vital teaching on values by Jesus Christ can be summed up in two thoughts “love God and love others.”
We shouldn’t also forget that we have the worldly values. Yeah, a lot have placed so much importance on them that they fail to recognise the Christian values. But then, what are worldly values?
Worldly values include wealth, power, pleasure, revenge, fame, vanity and status. These are the most important things to people who perceive no power or purpose beyond themselves.
Worldly values promote jealousy, resentments and conflicts among people in accordance with the purposes of Satan. But then, Values in the Christian living promotes peace and good will among people in accordance with the purposes of God.
We will never achieve perfection in this life, but those people who strive to obey God often find a sense of joy and peace that no worldly rewards can match.
Let’s discuss about the values in Christian Ways
Honesty is held as very important and vital value throughout the Bible. Any deception to gain an advantage or to harm someone else is prohibited by the Ten Commandments in the book of (Exodus 20:16) and other Bible passages.
Honesty may when someone fails to tell the truth, lies, or cheating. It is very common in the world today, such as advertising, business, politics and our everyday life. We must resist the temptation to engage in any form of theft, cheating, deception, slander or gossip.
We have to follow the step and principles of our master Jesus Christ. We have to be holy.
This is a gift given to us by God to human kind for a purpose. This purpose is seen as the creative spirit within each person.
With this gift comes a mutual responsibility to ensure the creation is not spoiled, but rather sustained and shared by all.
St Paul’s letter to the Romans tells us:
We are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so.
Everyone is blessed with their own different and unique gift. You’ve just got to identify this gift and align with it. Just like Jesus told his followers that “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10.”
Worship Only God
In our world today, a lot of things compete against God for our time and devotion. This is the part where we forget about the values been taught in the bible. These are some of the things that are not necessarily bad when we moderate them.
But then, can become modern-day idolatry if we let them become too important to us. In the Bible, a religious leader asked Jesus which of the commandments was most important:
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (NIV, Mark 12:28-30)
The Hebrews of Old Testament times tended to lapse into the worship of pagan deities and statues of animals or other objects, but anything that takes the place of our devotion to God becomes an idol or false god, and that is forbidden by the first of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-6).
Jesus particularly singled out love of wealth as a false god (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13), and also, other Bible passages mention greed, covetousness, arrogance, gluttony and pride as being equivalent to idolatry.
Excessive attention and pursuit of material things such as wealth, houses, cars, clothes, jewellery, physical appearance, entertainment, etc.
Be Kind to All People
Part of the values taught in the bible is showing love. After saying “Love the Lord your God” is the most important of the commandments, Jesus continued saying,
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:31)
“love” today, has many different meanings and definition. but the Greek word, agape, used in the New Testament, is commonly known as the “Christian love.” It means respect, affection, benevolence, good-will and concern for the welfare of the one loved.
In Jesus Parable of the Good Samaritan, he made the point that we should always extend our Christian love to all people of the world, regardless of the, religion, nationality or any other artificial distinction.
We must practice that Christian love even toward our enemies! (Matthew 5:43-48)
Also, don’t forget the Golden Rule which is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Been humble is a quality of being courteously respectful of others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, boastfulness, and vanity.
Been humble does not in any way deny our own self worth.
Rather, it affirms the worth of all persons. Humility is exactly what is needed to live in peace and harmony with all persons.
It removes anger and heals old wounds. It allows us to see the dignity and worth of all God’s people. Humility distinguishes the wise leader from that of the arrogant power-seeker. We can see that from the book of (Matthew 20:20-28, Proverbs 17:7).
Live a Moral Life
When we talk about values taught in the bible, we talk about Moral Life, yes Our Moral Life. We often tag morality in terms of sexual sins, but according to Jesus, sins such as slander, greed, covetousness, deceit, and arrogance are equally immoral.
But then, the Bible says “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body. (NIV, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20).”
Jesus gave a list of actions that constitute immoral uses of the body: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, arrogance and foolishness e.t.c.
Also let’s not forget that we also need to practice what you teach. You can’t just be the hearer of the word alone and not the doer of the word. After reading values taught in the bible, try to put in into practice. Just like you do unto others what you will have them do for you, if you want to enjoy the blessing of the lord, then you will have to serve him with all your heart, obey his commandment and do according to his word.
Don’t forget, Love the Lord With All your heart, and he shall give you Peace Of Mind.