Friday, 19 April 2013

What is a Christian (Husband or Wife)?

A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-5

Andy Stanley
In a recent newsletter Andy Stanley posed the question “What is a Christian?”  He went on to repeat some of the most popular misconceptions, i.e. someone who goes to church every Sunday; someone who believes in Jesus and His resurrection; someone born into a Christian family; people who are judgmental, homophobic moralists; etc.

Andy goes on to say that none of these views describes a Christian as defined in the Bible.  The word Christian only appears three times in Scripture.  First-century Christians referred to themselves as disciples, meaning a student, apprentice, adherent, or follower.

Andy then says, “When Christians live like disciples, outsiders look at them with wonder: Look at the way they love…look how they honor women, children, the elderly and the sick…or look how generous they are.”

While I would say “amen” to everything Andy has said, I want to ask a more personal question.  Would your husband/wife say you were a disciple of Christ?  The reason I ask this question is that some of us are very good at projecting a particular “persona” to the outside world while inflicting incredible pain on our spouse.  A song that first hit the pop charts in the 1950’s was entitled “You Always Hurt the One You Love.”  Why is it that we are more short-tempered and less patient with the one’s we love?  Why are we more forgiving of complete strangers than the one who shares our home?  Why do we care more about what outsiders think about our character than what our own family thinks?

So how do you define a Christian husband or wife?  Ephesians 5:21-33 and 1Peter 3:1-7 would be good places to start

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