15 Christlike Characteristics to Practice This Christmas

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Everyone preaches the gospel that truly lives in their hearts. When the Holy Spirit moves in, you begin the life-long journey of becoming more like Jesus every day. Living in the Light means concentrating on what is good, admirable, loving, and Christlike. Only darkness dwells primarily on descriptions of sin. These 15 Christlike characteristics offer positive examples of how you become more like Jesus Christ. 

Accentuate the Positive

The condition of your spirit and heart dictates how and what you communicate, whether it’s with actions or words. Holidays can be stressful and test the patience of even the most mature saint. Encourage yourself and others with this list of positives.

If your heart sings in the key of grace, your words and actions are filled with kindness, mercy, benevolence, and forgiveness. When it comes to preaching anything, the loudest testimony is behavior, not vocabulary or passionate debate.

Hearts wrapped in the guidance and grace of the Holy Spirit preach Jesus. 

15 Christlike Characteristics

  1. I do not have a greedy desire for the approval of others.
  2. I do not know of any broken relationships in my life that I have ignored.
  3. If married, I develop and maintain an atmosphere of encouragement and acceptance through continual affirmation.
  4. I am not influenced by praise nor crushed by criticism.
  5. My life decorates the gospel and does not detract from it.
  6. I never express meanness in the form of physical, verbal, emotional, or spiritual abuse.
  7. I do not engage in gossip or defame another person’s character.
  8. People are relaxed in my presence.
  9. I never retaliate when wronged.
  10. My home is an expression of God’s love and peace.
  11. I understand that each family member has their own will to choose my values or not.
  12. I do not avoid family problems but lovingly and gently address all family concerns.
  13. I practice an honest goodness rather than a pretentious self-righteousness.
  14. I do not have to continually validate or justify myself in the eyes of others.
  15. Because I know God’s love, I express that love to others.

Delight in the Christmas Gift

The gift of Christmas is the possibility of peace between sinful men and a holy God. Jesus is the Gift, the Promise, and the example for all who will be saved.

When you distill relationship with Jesus Christ to its essence, the only thing that remains is obedience. But, obedience to what?

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

John 14:15

We are called to be more like Christ in 1 John 2:6, Ephesians 5:1-2, and many other scriptures. Obedience requires it, but how do we know what to obey?

God’s Word provides the answer. This list of 15 Christlike Characteristics is part of a much longer list included in The Hidden Truth.

Begin practicing this minute. You’ll enjoy everything about Christmas so much more – and God will be glorified!


Related post, especially for those far away from family: Christmas – The Gift

and another, Discovering New Reasons to Celebrate Christmas Recovering From Humbug

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Lynn Baber

Lynn Baber

Lynn Baber is a best-selling Christian author, speaker, and coach who helps people accomplish God's unique purpose for them and advance His kingdom on earth. She's also a retired World and National Champion horse trainer and breeder.

Lynn Baber

Lynn Baber

Lynn Baber is a best-selling Christian author, speaker, and coach who helps people accomplish God's unique purpose for them and advance His kingdom on earth. She's also a retired World and National Champion horse trainer and breeder.

4 Responses

  1. You always offer so much food for thought, but even more so this time with several articles all at once…I didn’t get to them all right away. Now it is past Christmas, yet I decided to click on this article. You say, “If your heart sings in the key of grace, your words and actions are filled with kindness, mercy, benevolence, and forgiveness. When it comes to preaching anything, the loudest testimony is behavior, not vocabulary or passionate debate.”
    Someone in my family at a family function said, “I think Christmas is ridiculous.” and proceeded to roll their eyes. I chose not to start a passionate debate, but continue celebrating.

    On another note, you and Baber have been in our thoughts and prayers for months and now that I know more why you are selling your stunning home, I am just still praying and thinking of you both and not knowing anything sufficient to say. (that is why I am not a blogger lol) Love you both and I love reading about all your joys in everything God sends your way. Happy 2020!!!!

    1. Renee, you chose the path of grace at your family function and I know Jesus smiled. Something few discuss is how Jesus healed and provided nourishment without any discussion or message. He preached the gospel of love which asks nothing in return but never yields the field of truth. Grace has no quid pro quo.Thank you for your prayers. Life is returning to normal as we settle into our new home and the number of my horse-related activities grows again – but with a different feel. We’re in a new season, but it’s closely related to the last. I’m excited about what comes next!
      Blessings,
      Lynn

  2. Thank you, Lynn. I will consciously practice the above for Jesus cause in Jesus name for God’s greater honor, glory & praise.
    May God bless you

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