WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN ETHOS?

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WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN ETHOS?

“Train a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not turn from it”

– PROVERBS 22:6

“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace will be with you” — Philippians 4:9

The theory or norm of what is essential in one’s life and its meaning is ethos. Christian values are indeed the principles that Jesus Christ’s followers consider as significant – the principles of life taught by Jesus. 

With the flow of time, Christian ideals will not change. From generation to generation, they are true because their origin lies in God’s word, the Bible.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” – 2timothy 3:16-17

The purpose of Christianity is the direction and encouragement of one’s own life through the Christian scriptures. In establishing and questioning ethical principles and doctrines, Christian ethics, as an academic discipline, uses certain writings and practices and incorporates them in relation to ethics. Some Christian ethicists accept that scripture and belief, as well as moral reason and experience, are the origins of ethics. 

A Biblical declaration is the primary means for Christian ethics to be differentiated from all ethical viewpoints, whether theological as well as secular; thus, a Christian ethicist’s central question is whether morals (practice) or ethics (ideas of practices) depend upon faith (beliefs and commitments).

A-List of Christian Ethos

Two things can be exemplified in the ideals Jesus Christ expresses in the New Testament — the love of God and also, love of others. The list of qualities in the Spirit of God is as follows: 

Generosity-this is the central Christian virtue, particularly with our money and time, of being generous and selfless.

“He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 

And God can make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” 

Psalm 112:5 – “A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion”

Confidence – The meaning is distinguished by bravery and faith. It’s the other way around with doubt.

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” – Joshua 1:9

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Love – Love is a fundamental feature of who is God, and also of his children’s description. The sense of life can be discovered in the love of God recognized in Christ’s unconditional love.  Nothing else is very meaningful without love. This virtue serves the benefit of all, the most important value. It goes against all self-centered, selfish attitudes. Love is more than a feeling, and not merely liking the other. It means loving the unlovable, even the enemy. Hatred is definitely not the opposite of love, but fear.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity – 1 Corinthians 13:13

“We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

Respect – A Christian virtue is to be mindful that in his image God created all men. We show appreciation for all as a result.

“Respect – A Christian virtue is to be mindful that in his image God created all men. We show appreciation for all as a result.” – 1 Peter 2:17

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour — Romans 13:7.

Faith – Faith is an attitude of confidence in one that you can believe, and that represents God’s devotion to his people. This includes commitment, loyalty, and honesty and thus conflicts with other traditional approaches to short-term, restrictive, and unyielding relationships. Faith intensifies relations and allows individuals to experience the significance of their very own lives and the magnificence of other people’s lives in great depth. It’s a central aspect in all manner of relationships between families and culture.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. — Hebrews 11:1

For we walk by faith, not by sight — 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Hope – The meaning of hope is expectancy with trust. It is a deep confidence in God. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off– Proverbs 23:18

Hope isn’t the promise that negative things won’t happen. Faith is the confidence that God has gone ahead of us in the future and will be with his children. Faith is an assurance, through patience and prayer, to not forget the other optimistic and good facets of life and to be able to take chances, trusting that God is always operating. Faith is a promise.

Christian optimism is not just a superficial belief, an optimistic outlook, or a good side of life. This means that you trust in Him, that you accept that He is the Lord of all, and you are in charge and are striving to create the life you desire. That is why Christians should persevere in challenges and wait with expectancy. Faith helps one to take chances, in modesty and prayer, and not with pride, with the faith that God is active. Christians do not only look down on the earth but can see God’s hand at work; they do believe like there will be meaningful progress in the universe in which God puts us.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost – Roman 15:13 

Peace – The Bible addresses many facets of this Christian concept. This applies to love and justice, and harmony, in the end, is God’s blessing. 

Peace is a completeness, a state of harmony. Peace is not necessarily the lack of conflict; it is a spiritual blessing, a state of being that comes from the Lord of the peace who took the opportunity to bring it by Jesus Christ to the earth. Outside of himself, God cannot give us happiness or comfort, since no such thing is real. The peace that Jesus brings in our lives is nothing short of his presence. His peace will then encompass our lives, and he encourages his followers to not think or stress about material things because God knows our needs.

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. – Romans 14:19

Joy -Joy is not merely an emotion but a state of existence, though it is associated with happiness. It is also the product of taking part in the work of Christ in the world, and of seeing a life transformed and relationships improved. Though the topic of legislation, happiness is never a basic social characteristic. A life of faith portrays happiness. This is not only a feeling but a state of life, and so even if it is linked to happiness, it becomes much more important. Christ is the only cause to rejoice – joy is the awareness of He through the form of the Spirit by Jesus Christ. 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost — Romans 15:13

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. — Romans 14:17 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith; Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law — Galatians 5:22-23

Service – The call to be at another’s service with love conflicts with the ordinary human need for power and interest, and the concept of “independence,” which is known to be the right to do what is beneficial for me or my family or community. The definition of service requires people to disregard these issues but focus on others’ needs. For all social relations, it also constitutes a significant attribute. This indicates that service to another is more valuable than self-centeredness. 

The concept of Christian service has nothing else to continue then the desire of Jesus to serve mankind by surrendering his life in order to save others. “He did not come to be served, he was raised, but to serve, and to give his life for the ransom of others.” Christians have been given an example to adopt this and many others.

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. — Hebrews 6:10

 As every man hath received the gift, even so, minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.1 Peter 4:10

Grace — Grace-Grace is among life’s most transgressive and radical principles. This includes giving more than they deserve, regardless of whether they are wanted and regardless of geographical, cultural, or religious boundaries. Those who live by grace are forgiven and behave out of the modesty of the understanding. Grace is much more than an ambiguous tolerance idea. It means to be satisfied according to a chance instead of an order or a task. 

Adopting the Biblical idea of grace to the way a community is functioning would become one of the most revolutionary and divisive concepts of philosophy. We are able to give people what they do not even need. It’s the premise. There’s not much like a free lunch, in other words! And, a lot more! 

The idea starts with the utterly undeserved gift of Jesus of Nazareth that Christ has offered to the earth. Christians see Christ at work in his life and in his death. Jesus shared grace stories with a majestic note. The father embraced the fleeing son back, and the boss made sure that the employees got paying a full day. In addition to how many offenders would be forgiven, the answer was ‘not seven times, but seventy times seven.’ This is love and grace. This indicates that you worry the needy, regardless of their cause, and don’t only love your family and friends but also your enemies!

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace — Ephesians 1:7

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work — 2 Corinthians 9:8

Christian Values — Applying the Values

A Christian is a man who represents Jesus Christ’s conduct and spirit. This is what Christianity means. The purpose of every disciple of Jesus Christ is to practice Christian values. Paul says, “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9).

When we read the Word of God, we effectively know God and fully comprehend His purpose in the world for us. By us, the Holy Spirit works to promote the Love of God through good deeds that bring us to everlasting life in Jesus Christ. 

In His Word, God is quite clear on how every Christian’s value He considers important can be applied. One-way Christians can say whether they adhere to God’s values is how they deal with others “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another” (Romans 12:9-10).

The Bible says, “Ye that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse” (Proverbs 28:27) Poverty is difficult, and sometimes we tend to ignore those in need. Jesus directly looked into the eyes of the needy. He has seen them. He loved them as their maker. His eyes didn’t turn away from Poverty and disease. He stopped and brought hope to people. What those in need could give him did not inspire him. He loved them sincerely and tried to help them fulfill their physical, mental, and spiritual needs. He was thoughtful about it. 

Christians are implored to do the same thing: we are asked to look into the eyes and encourage us to fulfill our desires.

Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

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