For example, we all have heard and read teachings/sermons on how "there is no law against - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Gal. 5:22-23). But, how do we get ourselves, seasoned Christians and the next generation of believers to APPLY these Christian principles and more to their lives?
I believe the answer to this question is three-fold:
- Teach a Biblical example of what needs to be applied. Plus, showcase an individual in the church, to the Glory of God, that is a real life example applying this Christian aspect to their life.
- Equip the Saints to do likewise. Show the ways to be kind. Tell them of events where they can display love. Do some role-playing. Place tools in their hands that helps them be more effective for the Kingdom.
- Have an accountability system. Require either a buddy system of reporting back or a community system of witnessing to the real life journey of a Christian and how it is being improved.
Jesus said many marvelous things but He kept telling those around Him, albeit in coded phrases, that He must die and in three days be raised back to life for the redemption of everything - humanity and creation. He held true to His word. "Put your money where your mouth is." is a gambling phrase that places a dollar amount on the truth of your word. Jesus did not gamble with His words. He supported His words with His actions one hundred percent. We should do the same.
A good place to start is within the church. Jesus said, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:35). Said another way - Everyone that is not yet a disciple of Christ will know that you are my disciple by them seeing your consistant display of love and care for each other within the body of believers. (Pritchard Paraphrase) In the Christian's journey to solidify his/her Identity in Christ, Paul agrees with John about, at least, our Starting Block - Paul said, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:10) However, these are all words and good intentions until we all, with help from The Lord, receive The Spirit of Application!