Eight Qualities of a Model Believer

By on November 28, 2012
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Reading l Thessalonians recently, I was struck by a phrase the Apostle Paul made in the first chapter of this book. He said that the believers in Thessalonica were a “model” to all the other Christians in the area.

What do you think a “model” Christian looks like? No—not a size 6, pretty blonde or brunette!

Here are eight qualities we can all have no matter what we look like! Check them out for yourself:

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v.3 You serve Christ as an expression of your faith in Him. (see James 1:22)

v.3 You labor sacrificially for His kingdom because you love Him. (Col. 3:23-24)

v.3 Your confident hope in Christ’s return gives you godly endurance and patience.

v.6 You watch and imitate mature believers to learn how to live. (2 Tim. 3:14)

v.6 You welcome God’s Word, letting it change you. (Heb. 4:12)

v.8 Your faith in God is known by all who know you. (Matt. 5:14-16)

v.9 You consistently turn to God whenever you recognize an idol in your life. (Ex. 20:2-3)

v.10 You are waiting and longing for Christ’s return. (Rev. 22:20)

How did you do? If you’re like me, there are probably at least a few areas that need some thought, prayer, and action.

Question: Which ones do you think you need to work on the most? What actions will you begin to take? I’d love to know and cheer you on.

Originally posted on Poppy Smith.

About Poppy Smith

Born in England to a non-believing family, Poppy grew up there and in Sri Lanka, Singapore and Kenya. She met her American husband in Nairobi and they soon moved to the United States. The adjustment to her new marriage and new country, combined with loneliness and the loss of all that was familiar, brought Poppy to a defining moment with God. The resulting change, from anger to acceptance, from fighting God to seeking Him, led her into a life-long love of Scripture and the One it reveals. Her website: http://www.poppysmith.com/.

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Eight Qualities of a Model Believer