Christianity Is An Attractive Life

W. Terry Varner
March 1, 2015

Is there a more attractive life than the life of a dedicated, committed Christian? We believe there is no richer and more attractive life than the life of one who has given himself to Jesus. How the Christian lives life in respect to God, himself, and others shows that there is not a richer and more meaningful life than being simply Christian. The following evidence drawn from the teaching of the Bible serves as our evidence.

The Christian Life Is Attractive Because It Considerate of Others. The Christian is a person conscious of his own imperfections in his life. This in turn helps to make him more tolerant of the faults of others around him. Jesus used humor when He said, “And why do look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye” (Matt. 7:3).

One who is constantly finding fault with others condemns himself through his fault finding. “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge do the same thing” (Rom. 2:1). This text, and others that can be quoted, does not mean that we are never to judge. Jesus makes clear that we can and are to judge. “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). When we are finding constant fault with others we often condemn others by whitewashing our self in our own sins. It seems to make some feel bigger, better, and cleaner. This comes with the price of lowering our self, killing friendships, repelling the best of people around us, and condemning our self. While we cannot please everybody, but we can do right. Some will criticize us, but remember the words of Peter, “For it is better, if it is the will of God, that you suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (1 Peter 3:17).

The Christian Life Is Attractive Because We Learn to Admit That We Have Been Wrong. It ought not be difficult for us to admit that we have been wrong about something. No one is always right about everything. The greatest and best people have made mistakes. King Saul who spared the best sheep and oxen later said, “I have sinned” (1 Sam. 15:24). If you recall, the apostle Peter denied Jesus (Matt. 26:69-75). Before Saul or Tarsus became the apostle Paul created problems among the church (Acts 8:3); however, later he admitted that he “did it ignorantly in unbelief’ (1 Tim. 1:13).

It ought not be a shock to learn that the admission of guilt or sin is a necessary quality of the Christian life. We confess our sins and pray to God to “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive debtors” (Matt.6:12). Likewise, we “Confess [our] faults one to another, and pray one for another” (James 5:16).

The Christian Life Is Attractive Because of Its Requirement of Forgiveness. Someone said, “Forgiveness is to beautiful for ugly people; too big for little people.” A reason that forgiveness is so attractive is that we cannot receive forgiveness unless we are willing to forgive others. “If anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you do also” (Col. 3:13). We must never forget the words of Jesus, “But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt. 6:15).

As a Christian I must forgive as my God forgives. His forgiveness is pure and true. “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). Forgiveness involves mercy rather than justice. As Christians we need God’s mercy, not His justice. Like David we cry: “Have mercy upon me, O God” (Ps. 51:1). Do not allow the words of James to haunt us: “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13).