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What Does a Healthy Christian Look Like?

3. Lives for the glory of God

A healthy Christian has grown into a singular focus of their life. They are most interested in laying themselves down, and becoming less, and in Jesus becoming a greater force and focus of their activities in daily life. (see John 3:30)

4. A friend of sinners

Jesus was known as a friend of sinners. A healthy Christian doesn’t just hang out with other Christians, they are interested in befriending and extending God’s mercy to those outside the church as well. (see Matthew 11:19)

5. Increasing in loving-kindness

You recognize a healthy Christian by seeing the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. They are growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (see Galatians 5:22-23)

6. Feeds on the Word of God

D.L. Moody was a late Christian leader who had a high view of the Word of God and shared so many good illustrations of why the Scriptures build a healthy Christian. He once said, “If we don’t bring people into closer contact with the Word of God, the whole impression from religious meetings will be gone in three months.” Until we learn to feed on the Word of God in our own personal, daily lives, we will never be the growing Christians God wants us to be. (see Psalm 1:1-3)

7. Practices God’s presence

A healthy Christian regularly experiences God’s presence in their life. They want to know God personally, and God fills and empowers them by His Spirit’s loving presence. (see Romans 5:5)

8. Joyfully rooted in the gospel

A healthy Christian knows the entirety of their salvation rests in God’s work on their behalf, through Jesus on the cross, not in their own feeble efforts at holiness. They do not spread mere moralism. They spread the gospel, which is focused on accepting Christ by faith, and following Him. (see Ephesians 2:8-9)

9. Faithfully endures suffering

A healthy Christian knows this life will not always be perfect. They have an eternal focus, and know this life is temporary and flawed. They are focused on believing God’s promises in the midst of the pain of this world. (see Acts 14:22)