Followers of Christ seek to model the biblical values Jesus Christ taught. In Ephesians 4 and 5, the Apostle Paul wrote this: “Stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Imitate God in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” Even though the Apostle Paul wrote these words many years ago, they still describe the kind of lifestyle God’s people should aspire to live.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More