Matthew 7:12, “so in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets”
Kindness is the key that unlocks the minds and hearts of those we come in contact with.
Proverbs 21:25-26, “Taking the easy way out is the habit of a lazy man, and it will be his downfall. All day long he thinks about all the things that he craves, for he hasn’t learned the secret that the generous man has learned: extravagant giving never leads to poverty.”
The habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. Giving, not only financially but giving of ourselves. Our time and talents. We can give without loving but we cannot love without giving.
Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life”
As authentic Christians we don’t pretend we’re perfect. But when we mess up, we should be quick to admit it and get back in step with Christ. We need to understand the grace of God and be willing to quickly give His grace to others. As authentic Christians we should sincerely strive to be the “real deal.”
Our lives should demonstrate to the world that we belong to Jesus. This is what Paul tells us a Christian life looks like in Romans 12: 9-13
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Finally, this is what Jesus himself tells us in John 13:35
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”