To me, ‘abiding in Christ’ means to have such a deep relationship with the Lord that we think, feel, speak and act according to what His Word teaches us, instructs us, exhorts us, and commands us to do. The things we think must honour and please Jesus. The things we say must honour and please Jesus. The things we feel in our silent emotions must honour and please Jesus, and the things we do must honour and please Jesus. To me, THIS is ‘abiding in Christ’.
Our every thought, feeling, word and deed should be motivated solely by obedience to the Word of God. If we find that in any area of our life we are not honouring and pleasing Jesus, then we need to stop that thing IMMEDIATELY, confess and repent of it before God and receive His cleansing and forgiveness through the blood of Christ (1 John 1:9).
If we know that what we are thinking, feeling, saying and doing is NOT in obedience to the Word of God, and we fail to to anything about it (i.e confess and repent of it), our soul is in great danger. If we continually fail to respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit about the things we are doing which dishonour the Lord, slowly but surely we will become desensitized to these dishonouring things, and we will just do them without any thought of the potential eternal consequences.
Many followers of Christ have ship-wrecked their faith through failing to examine their daily lives in the light of God’s Word. If we would do this simple task each day, the habit would soon become our automatic response in any given situation. When practised frequently, we would KNOW almost immediately when we have thought wrong thoughts, felt wrong feelings, spoken wrong words and done wrong things. We would sense the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and we would be quick to put rights all our wrongs.
Abiding in Christ is not some ‘airy-fairy’ feeling of tranquility; to me it is a command to be alert and on our guard against the subtle works of darkness that seek to pounce upon us when we least expect it. To me, abiding in Christ means to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and to be diligent in our application of God’s Word in every area of our life, thus becoming like Christ in thought and word and deed.
Abiding in Christ is not an emotion of peace; it is a command to rise up and respond in a spiritual and godly manner to all that life throws at us (see Philippians 4:6). When we do this, the outcome of this ACTIVE ‘abiding in Christ’ WILL bring about in our hearts and minds the peace of God which passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
So, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us abide in Him, at all times, for our daily peace and our eternal security.
Michele is the author of Come on Church! Wake Up! ; The End of The World and The Gospel of Deception – Counterfeit Christianity and the Fate of Its Followers
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