Holy Christian living comes from making the right decisions in our day to day life.
This list is taken from William MacDonald’s ministry on Personal Holiness.
The points are his, the explanations are his explanation in my words.
Principles of holiness:
How to decide to do something or not?
1. Is it distinctly forbidden in the word of God?
Some things are distinctly forbidden in the Word of God. This gives clear answers as to what we should say yes or no to.
2. Is there any glory for God in it?
1 Cor 10:31. If God doesn’t get any glory in it, we should reconsider doing it.
3. Is it of the world?
World – system that tries to be happy without God
We should stay away from doing things the world’s way.
4. Would Jesus have done it?
1 Pet 2:21 – Christ is our example.
5. Would you want to be found doing it when Jesus returns?
1 John 2:28
6. Which nature does it feed?
The old nature (fleshly-sinful) or the new one (the nature of Christ)
7. Can u feel free to do it with knowledge that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit?
Ex. Is consuming something that causes cancer to the body a proper way to treat the temple of the Holy Spirit?
8. Is it fitting behaviour for a child of God?
We need to be dignified and do things which are fitting as children of the Most High God
9. Money, could it be better spent?
Can your dollar go further for the Kingdom God? Live frugally.
10. If it involves time, can it be better spent?
Don’t waste time on things that have no value to the kingdom of God. (movies, hobbies?)
11. What effect does your conduct have on others?
If another Christian sees you doing it, will she be encouraged or discouraged?
12. Is it doubtful?
If it’s doubtful whether it’s good or not, better don’t do it
13. Does it have appearance of evil?
14. Is it a weight?
Avoid anything that slows you down in spiritual things. Material possessions, hobbies, etc.
15. How does it appear in the eyes of Christ?
Would the Lord Jesus enjoy doing it or enjoy watching you do it?
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