Emulating Christ in this festive season

As we close in for the festive season, it makes me want to exhort us that the world doesn’t need more festive decorations or empty songs. Instead, it needs to witness Godly families loving one another, business people working with integrity and frugality, and young men and women who choose moral purity. The world needs to be exposed to believers who are obedient.

Especially in this season, the most powerful message we can give isn’t a testimony or sermon; it’s the life we live when the pressure is on, temptation is tremendous, or we are buried under an avalanche of problems. The Holy Scripture says in the book of Galatians chapter 5 verses 22 to 23 that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.

God’s Spirit works in every believer. He doesn’t limit Himself to pastors and prophets. If you’ve received Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, then residing within you is the same great power that raised Christ from the dead. The Holy Spirit creates godly character in all who follow the Lord.

By showing peace instead of anxiety, or practicing patience rather than speaking a sharp word, a Christian bears witness to the beauty of the gospel. We attract unbelievers to Jesus through our words and deeds. They may turn down a doctrine, but they can’t ignore a righteous life.

May be you are comfortable with speaking than showing Christ through actions; I have a message for you too. I want to exhort you through this piece to be mindful of the message you preach through your words. I am sure you have heard someone say, “You are going to eat those words.” It may sound like a mere phrase to us, but in reality we do eat our words. What we say not only affects others, but it also affects us.

Words are wonderful when used in a proper way. They can encourage, edify and give confidence to the hearer. A right word spoken at the right time can actually be life-changing. In the book of proverbs chapter 15 verse 23, the Bible says that a man has joy from the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season is good.

We can literally increase our own joy by speaking right words. We can also upset ourselves by talking unnecessarily about things that do not add value to our lives or to others’ lives.

The words that come out of our mouth go into our own ears as well as other people’s, and then they drop down into our soul where they give us either joy or sadness, peace or upset, depending on the types of words we have spoken.

God desires that our spirit be light and free so it can function properly, not heavy and oppressed. We can learn to choose our thoughts, to resist wrong ones and think on good, healthy, and right ones. Where the mind goes, the man follows, it could also be said that where the mind goes, the mouth follows!

When we understand the power of words and realize that we can choose what we think and speak, our lives can be transformed.

Anyone who wants to be healthy is careful to choose quality food that will provide good nutrition. If we want to be healthy in our soul and spirit, we should also choose to take in words that will build us up and increase our peace and joy, but most importantly edify others.

The author is a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.