The Measure of a Christian

There is not a greater measure of our Christian faith than in how we treat one another. How we are with others reflects how much Christ reigns in us. If you want to know the degree that someone loves God, simply watch how they treat His children.

The greater you love someone, the more your actions will prove it. “My children, our love should not be only words and talk. Our love must be true love. And we should show that love by what we do.” (1 John 3:18 ICB).

The more you pour out, the more full you will be. “Do not forget to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that please God.” (Hebrews 13:16 GNT).

The measure of a Christian is not in how much we know or the title that we have. It’s not how much we have served or what committee we have been on. It’s not how much we believe in God or claim to walk in His giftings. The measure is this: in how we treat others.

Show grace to other people knowing we are all in this together. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12 CJB).

Only teach what you know, preach what you live, and never think yourself above another. “Do not be wise in your own eyes…” (Proverbs 3:7).

It’s not enough that we know the Word of God but that we live it. It’s not what we do before men, but when nobody is watching. It’s not just what we do for others but how we make them feel. It’s not what we have done for others, but to others.

It is not enough that we learn about the love of God, but we must live it. “The message that you have heard from the beginning is to love each other.” (1 John 3:11 NOG).

To the degree you are not loving towards others, God is not in your life. “Beloved friends, let us love one another; because love is from God; and everyone who loves has God as his Father and knows God” (1 John 4:7 CJB).

The measure of a Christian is not in our Sunday attendance record but how we treat people throughout the week. It is not if we’ve done something great before men, but have we done something small before God. The measure for us is the same measure we extend towards others.

If only we were as sensitive to how we treat others as much as to how they treat us. Jesus taught, “In everything you do, be careful to treat others in the same way you’d want them to treat you, for that is the essence of all the teachings of the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 TPT).

I can always tell the degree that Christ reigns in a saint by the way they speak to someone they disagree with. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

The measure of a Christian is not if people look up to us, but if we never look down on them. It’s not in how many things we have done for God but how many things we have done for His children. It’s in how we treat every person we come across, especially the least and the lowest.

A smile does not cost you a thing, yet it is priceless to the soul who receives it. “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (1 Peter 3:8).

In the world, people put each other down, but as Christians, we should lift each other up. “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB).

The measure of a Christian is in how well we treat others regardless of how we have been treated by them. It’s how nicely we treat the ones who don’t deserve it that reflect the grace of God within us. If we want to preach a merciful Christ, then let us have His life in us showing mercy to others.

Don’t let how you treat others be dependent upon how they treat you. “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t snap back at those who say unkind things about you. Instead, pray for God’s help for them, for we are to be kind to others, and God will bless us for it.” (1 Peter 3:9 TLB).

We don’t have to agree with each other to love each other. Jesus taught, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

If you want to mature in your faith, you must grow in your compassion and kindness for others. If you want to change the world, then start with yourself. Your life will begin to blossom with a peace that surrounds you. The mark of a mature believer is in the kindness they express to others.

Live like it is your last day, and watch how kind you are to people. “…be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

We will be judged by how we treat others, not how they treat us. “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10).

Blessing to you,

Paul Balius

Unless otherwise denoted, all Bible translations are NKJV.

4 thoughts on “The Measure of a Christian

  1. “The measure of a Christian is in how well we treat others regardless of how we have been treated by them” So great this Paul thanks am learning a lot from you my spiritual dad thanks so much may God keep you and your family.

    1. Thank you so much, Robert! It is my greatest prayer that I could encourage others to grow in the spiritual life with the Lord. Blessings to you!

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