And do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is
that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2, NKJV
The day of your salvation is the beginning of a spectacular journey through
which the Lord God "works in you both to will and to do for to His good
pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).
Let us consider what the Lord has said in His word concerning the behavior of
those who profess faith in Christ Jesus.
Your Personal Responsibility
What Christians Should Do
Your Personal Responsibility (Romans 12)
Present yourself as a Living Sacrifice to God
For this reason I make request to you, brothers, by the
mercies of God, that you will give your bodies as a living offering, holy,
pleasing to God, which is the worship it is right for you to give him.
And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made
new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and
pleasing and complete purpose of God.
Serve God with the Spiritual Gifts that He has Given You
But I say to every one of you, through the grace given to
me, not to have an over-high opinion of himself, but to have wise thoughts, as
God has given to every one a measure of faith.
For, as we have a number of parts in one body, but all the parts have not the
So we, though we are a number of persons, are one body in Christ, and are
dependent on one another;
And having different qualities by reason of the grace given to us, such as the
quality of a prophet, let it be made use of in relation to the measure of our
Or the position of a Deacon of the church, let a man give himself to it; or he
who has the power of teaching, let him make use of it;
He who has the power of comforting, let him do so; he who gives, let him give
freely; he who has the power of ruling, let him do it with a serious mind; he
who has mercy on others, let it be with joy.
Behave Like a Christian
Let love be without deceit. Be haters of what is evil; keep
your minds fixed on what is good.
Be kind to one another with a brother's love, putting others before yourselves
Be not slow in your work, but be quick in spirit, as the Lord's servants;
Being glad in hope, quiet in trouble, at all times given to prayer,
Giving to the needs of the saints, ready to take people into your houses.
Give blessing and not curses to those who are cruel to you.
Take part in the joy of those who are glad, and in the grief of those who are
Be in harmony with one another. Do not have a high opinion of yourselves, but be
in agreement with common people. Do not give yourselves an air of wisdom.
Do not give evil for evil to any man. Let all your business be well ordered in
the eyes of all men.
As far as it is possible for you be at peace with all men.
Do not give punishment for wrongs done to you, dear brothers, but give way to
the wrath of God; for it is said in the holy Writings, Punishment is mine, I
will give reward, says the Lord.
But if one who has hate for you is in need of food or of drink, give it to him,
for in so doing you will put coals of fire on his head.
Do not let evil overcome you, but overcome evil by good.
What Christians Should Do (Colossians 3&4)
Not Carnality but Christ
If then you have a new life with Christ, give your
attention to the things of heaven, where Christ is seated at the right hand of
Keep your mind on the higher things, not on the things of earth.
For your life on earth is done, and you have a secret life with Christ in God.
At the coming of Christ who is our life, you will be seen with him in glory.
Then put to death your bodies which are of the earth; wrong use of the flesh,
unclean things, passion, evil desires and envy, which is the worship of strange
Because of which the wrath of God comes on those who go against his orders;
Among whom you were living in the past, when you did such things.
But now it is right for you to put away all these things; wrath, passion, bad
feeling, curses, unclean talk;
Do not make false statements to one another; because you have put away the old
man with all his doings,
And have put on the new man, which has become new in knowledge after the image
of his maker;
Where there is no Greek or Jew, no one with circumcision or without
circumcision, no division between nations, no servant or free man: but Christ is
all and in all. Colossians
The Christian's Character
As saints of God, then, holy and dearly loved, let your
behavior be marked by pity and mercy, kind feeling, a low opinion of yourselves,
gentle ways, and a power of undergoing all things;
Being gentle to one another and having forgiveness for one another, if anyone
has done wrong to his brother, even as the Lord had forgiveness for you:
And more than all, have love; the only way in which you may be completely joined
And let the peace of Christ be ruling in your hearts, as it was the purpose of
God for you to be one body; and give praise to God at all times.
Let the word of Christ be in you in all wealth of wisdom; teaching and helping
one another with songs of praise and holy words, making melody to God with grace
in your hearts.
And whatever you do, in word or in act, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving praise to God the Father through him.
The Christian's Relationships
Wives, be under the authority of your husbands, as is right
in the Lord.
Husbands, have love for your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Children, do the orders of your fathers and mothers in all things, for this is
pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not be hard on your children, so that their spirit may not be
Servants, in all things do the orders of your natural masters; not only when
their eyes are on you, as pleasers of men, but with all your heart, fearing the
Whatever you do, do it readily, as to the Lord and not to men;
Being certain that the Lord will give you the reward of the heritage: for you
are the servants of the Lord Christ.
For the wrongdoer will have punishment for the wrong he has done, without
respect for any man's position.
Masters, give your servants what is right and equal, conscious that you have a
Master in heaven.
Give yourselves to prayer at all times, keeping watch with
And making prayer for us, that God may give us an open door for the preaching of
the word, the secret of Christ, for which I am now in chains;
So that I may make it clear, as it is right for me to do.
Be wise in your behavior to those who are outside, making good use of the time.
Let your talk be with grace, mixed with salt, so that you may be able to give an
answer to everyone.