Just because someone calls himself a Christian doesn’t mean they are a good representation of Jesus…that they are a healthy Christian. In fact, all of us who call ourselves Christians fail in different ways to represent the amazing love, grace and purity of Jesus.
There are so many misrepresentations and misunderstandings of Christianity in the world. This is to be expected, because there are a lot of us who call ourselves Christians around the world. But it should be the goal of every Christian to walk true to the characteristics that Christ would call out of our lives.
D.L. Moody stated, “Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christian.” We are walking representations of Jesus to the world around us, and even to our own families.
It should be our highest aim to be a healthy Christian and represent Jesus well.
So what does a healthy Christian look like? When I say healthy, I’m referring not to physical health, but to someone who represents Jesus well—in a healthy and true way.
Here are nine characteristics of a healthy Christian—of someone who represents Jesus well:
1. Peaceful & full of mercy
You might get the hint from some Christians that God is pleased when we tirade and rant about everything in culture. But the Bible tells us that “the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). A healthy Christian may speak out at times to culture, but they don’t spend all their time doing this—they are most focused on being people of peace and mercy.
2. Lives in community with other Christians
A healthy Christian loves to do life and grow together with other Christians. If a Christian can’t seem to get along with others, then they are immature in their faith in Christ. (The Bible speaks multiple times about spiritual maturity, and how some Christians are immature, and others are mature.) (see 1 John 4:20)