How to be a Christian without being a jerk: insider tips from Jesus’ little brother James
Sometimes Christians can be real jerks. Jesus’ little brother James wrote a letter that is full of simple, practical tips on how to be a Christian without being a jerk. We began the new year by talking about 5 things we can do to be a Christian that is faithful to God, helpful to people around us, and not a jerk. You can find the whole series here.
Get on with it
Christians act like jerks when they don’t get on with it. Specifically, when they don’t do what God has asked them to do. James writes that we should be experts in doing not just in listening. Our faith needs to be coupled with action. You can listen to this message here.
Stop Playing Favourites
When we play favourites with people, we act like a jerk. James writes about how favouritism comes from evil motives, naivety and sin. Instead, Jesus invites us to be like him: treating everyone well, accepting everyone, loving everyone as we would love ourselves. You can listen to this message here.
Our words can be so powerful – in good and bad ways. James writes about how God can help us break away from the hurtful words spoken to us, and he can help us control our tongues so that we bless others with our words. You can listen to this message here.
Lose the ego
James writes that God wants you to lose your ego and find dependence on him. Your pride and your ego are an enemy to God, but God is jealous for you. When you turn back to God he gives grace generously and lifts you up. You can listen to this message here.
Hang in there
How we react when life is tough is a real test of character and faith. James writes that our troubles are an opportunity for great joy because God can turn them into growth, he can bless us along the way, we can resist temptation, and we can remember that we belong to Jesus. You can listen to this message here.
This post was written by Geoff Snook.