The apostle Paul describes positive qualities that should characterize a life that pleases God.

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. (NIV)

Often as Christ-followers we’ve got the “don’t” part of Christianity down! If Christ has commanded not to do something, we don’t do it. The question remains: do we have the “doing” part clearly expressed in our lives? Christ-followers get the reputation for being negative because our spiritual growth is not reflecting the winsome, attractive, others-oriented character of Christ.

When you “put off” a life-style that displeases God, you’ve got to follow through by “putting on” the character of Christ. But how? God’s Spirit lives within each Christ-follower and one of the Spirit’s functions is to energize you to live like Christ. What does that look like? Being kind: a courteous manner of life that desires the happiness of others; Tender-hearted: a compassionate life that especially cares for the restoration of those who have fallen in the faith; Forgiving one another:   if you hesitate in this, pause a moment to consider the rest of the verse: “as . . . Christ has forgiven you”.

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