Few Christians understand what it means to be a Christian.

A Christian is a close personal relationship with Christ - like a marriage. It is not like unmarried couples who “live together” without any serious commitment, or love, and do whatever they want to do – stay one night together and leave the following morning. That is not what a true Christian is.

A true Christian, first and foremost, loves Christ. This is the single most important characteristic of a person who claims to be a Christian. An individual who doesn’t love his/her God is not a Christian.

In John 21:15, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

Loving God, however important that is, does not meet the definition of a Christian. In other words, to be a Christian an individual must not only love God with all his heart, but must also do what God wants him/her do - follow His commandments and be obedient to Him. Loving God means that we do what He wants us to do, and not do what we want to do based on our pick-and-choose preference. Remember, we do not make God's laws (The Ten Commandments). We FOLLOW God's commandments. 

Obedience to God proves our love for Him. 1 John 5:2-3 says, "This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. James 1:22-25, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. . . . Whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it ... not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it ... they will be blessed in what they do.”

The laws of the land in America are the United States constitution. Similarly, the laws of God on earth are the Ten Commandments - God's Constitution. God’s Laws are carved on rocks and not written on a camel’s skin that can fade after a generation or two. It implies that the Ten Commandments, like God Himself, are permanent in nature. Stated differently, God’s laws, the Ten Commandments, last forever – no expiration date. True Christians obey and follow His Commandments with no exceptions - no ifs, ands, or buts.

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