You Need These Christian Values to Cultivate Spiritual Growth
Understanding Christian Virtues and Values for a Meaningful Spirituality
Worldly values, like power, fame, vanity, and wealth, are too shallow to foster in our Christian living. These are temptations that blind us toward nurturing our religious values. Instead of promoting humility, we become arrogant; instead of spiritual richness, we aim for greediness; and instead of forgiveness, we want power and revenge. But those who follow God, follows not the uncertain path, they follow the truth, the way to the Father, and life (John 14:6).
Love of God
The core of every Christian value is God, our Creator. We may be clamored with worldly temptations, but He taught us that the pursuit of material things is like worshiping false Gods. Jesus reminded us of one thing, and that is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30).
Love of Neighbor
Who is our neighbor? Are they the ones who are closer to us? In the Bible, Jesus explained through the parable of the Good Samaritan that our neighbor doesn’t need to be our family and friend, being a Christian means showing Christian values even toward our enemies.
- Respect and love
Show love unto others and others will love you more the same. As Jesus proclaims, “treat others the same way you want them to treat you” (Luke 6:31). You shall love, not with conditions—gender, race, or class—but love and respect all people to share how great the Lord’s love is.
Generosity is an unselfish act toward others without expecting any reward. Doing good deed fulfills our role as being a faithful Christians. As the Bible states, one needs to “be kind to one another, tender-hearted, and forgiving each other” (Ephesians 4:32). If we incorporate generous living, we shun conflicts and chaos in our life.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Be compassionate and merciful. Showing empathy toward others is following and living with Christ. Just as God forgives our sins, we shall too, must learn how to give forgiveness.
Love of Self
“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). This Bible passage simply tells us to love others like we love our selves. This indicates that we already love our self, but just as the Good Samaritan did; he denied himself and did not love himself too much. Share your love and it will return a hundredfold.
Be humble just like the little children for “whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4). Don’t be self-righteous, but learn how to listen to others.
Righteousness is a religious value that justifies the Christian ethics of pleasing God. This is shown on how we act toward others and how we control our pride. The scripture tells us that righteousness and true holiness are precious elements that must be valued for our spiritual growth. Christian living is following God’s will and doing what is right even if others cannot.
Hope is an anchor of our soul (Hebrews 6:19). We may lead adrift from the worldly temptations, but hope strengthens our character as being devout Christians. Cultivating Christian hope means believing in a promise of an eternal life.