When we are who we should be, we will tend to do what we should do. If you haven’t read the previous post about assessing Christ-like character, please do so as those traits lay the groundwork for assessing conduct.
Important Considerations When Assessing Christ-like Conduct and Conversation
1) To be Christ-like, both our conduct and conversation need to be governed by love.
… walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph. 5:2)
The Bible often refers to the way we go about our everyday activities, how we deport or conduct ourselves, as our walk. Are we conducting ourselves in ways that demonstrate the love of Christ? Are we so compelled, or motivated, by that love that it shows in our level of commitment? Do we get beyond merely talking about His love to showing it in tangible ways? Does His love permeate all that we do?
2) Christ-like conduct and conversation is full of both grace and truth.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn. 1:14)
The Bible refers to the church as “the pillar and foundation of truth” (1 Tim. 3:15) in this world. Consequently, we need to align with God’s Word. But, as Christ-followers, we are also dispensers of His grace (1 Pet. 4:10). We need to examine our conduct to make sure we aren’t so rigid that we miss true ministry to the people Christ came to save. It mustn’t become just about how firm we hold on to truth. Nor must it become just about how well we exercise compassion and understanding with people. All we say and do must be marked by BOTH grace and truth.
3) Christ-like conduct shows itself in servanthood.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Phil. 1:5-8)
Jesus acted in ways that benefited others, even if it meant personal sacrifice. Do we act like people matter more than our agenda? As God, He could have come to this earth as a dictator but instead He became a servant. Do the contributions and opinions of others matter or are we more consumed with being in control?
4) To have Christ-like conduct we must maintain integrity.
… we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. (Heb. 4:15)
In Jesus economy, the end does not justify the means. We can’t be compromising, even in the little things. Nor can we be saying one thing and doing another. — But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. (1 Pet. 1:15) If we’re going to reflect Christ we must be concerned with “how” not just “what”.