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Feb 19, 2024 8:50:00 AM

The 9 Christian Values That Change Lives

Jesus makes it clear in the Bible that the two most essential commandments are to love God and love others. These Christian values are at the center of the New Testament and serve as a general guide for how Christians should live and behave. But beyond these general parameters, Paul writes in Galatians about nine additional Judeo Christian values worth exploring.

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So, what are Christian values? Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV) breaks down the most essential and core Christian values in detail. The verses read:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

As notes “the fruit of the Holy Spirit is the result of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the life of a Christian.” Having Christ in one’s life and heart should, in turn, yield noticable changes, with these sentiments having a presence in the lives of believers.

Now, let’s explore these Christian principles in-depth.

Christian Values that will Change Your Life

Show Love

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." - Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)

When looking at these Christian values, the first one that Jesus himself calls us to is “love.” Love for God and love for others is not only evidence for the presence of Christ in one’s life, but it also holds the power to transform a person’s existence.

Love is selfless. It encapsulates a care for others and their wellbeing. It’s also an emotion that people express for one another — and for the Almighty (and it’s one God expresses back to his creation).

Explore loving others by watching "Sweet Inspirations," available now on Great American Pure Flix. In this movie about giving back, four middle-aged ladies discover purpose when they launch a unique fundraising effort to save a local women's shelter from imminent foreclosure, testing the limits of their friendship and themselves. Sign up for a free trial of Great American Pure Flix and stream “Sweet Inspirations” today.

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Find Joy in the Chaos

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” - Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

Paul tells us that one of the most important Judeo Christian values is “joy” — something that Merriam-Webster defines as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.”

More specifically, though, joy is a contentedness that comes from having faith in God, even as chaos and difficulties rage. Jesus alone is enough — one of the Christian core values that sustains believers even in their time of need.

In "Sun Moon," Kelsey has trouble finding the joy and hope when her fiance left her at the altar. Her plans for the future are shattered and she isn't able to see what good is supposed to come from this siutation. In order to regain her joy, she takes a job teaching English in Taiwan. The students show her how - despite the tragedy they've had in their own lives - they continue to have joy from the Lord and trust in His plans.


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Seek Peace

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” - Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit holds the ability to usher in peace in a person’s heart. This, in fact, is one of the Christian values at the center of the biblical narrative. Peace in one’s heart and peace with others are just two Christian principles worthy of embracing.

Seeking God and letting His plan for our lives unfold is a theme of the movie "October Baby." Hannah was about to make her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah collapses in front of the stunned crowd. After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. She then learns from her parents: She was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt. Lost and confused, Hannah embarks on a road trip to discover the details of her past. Watch “October Baby” when you sign up for a free trial for Great American Pure Flix today.

Be Patient

“You say, 'I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge with equity.'" - Psalm 75:2 (NIV)

Forbearance is yet another quality on the Christian values list worthy of further exploration. Being in control of oneself and having patience is important - but boy it can sure feel hard to do!

With Jesus, the Christian core values of self-restraint and forbearance are absolutely attainable. We don't always understand His timing but we must continually trust in His timing and wait for Him to tell us what we are to do in each moment.

In "Nothing is Impossible," Scott's dream of playing in the NBA are dashed when the draft doesn't go his way. Fast forward 20 years later, he still doesn't understand why his dreams were never realized and what God's plan for his life are. “Nothing is Impossible” is a movie about how to trust in God’s timing when it seems like none of our desires are being fulfilled in the way we hoped. Stream it today only on Great American Pure Flix.

Be Kind

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” - Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

In a culture that emphasizes self, it’s easy to lose sight of the important role that kindness plays. Along with loving others comes the Christian principle of caring for them — and of being compassionate.

From helping the poor and those in need to holding the door for someone, kindness is simple. It’s one of the hallmarks of a Christ-filled heart.

In "Divine Influencer," social media influencer Olivia Golden has lived her entire life in luxury. It isn't until she starts to work at a local rescue mission that she learns what showing compassion and kindness to others looks like. “Divine Influencer” is a movie about humility, the power of prayer and trusting God to show us the direction for our lives.

READ ALSO: 5 Powerful Prayers For Heart Change And Transformation


Be Good

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” - Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

Goodness is yet another of the Christian values worthy of our consideration. Being good certainly ties in with being kind, and from a faith perspective these values go hand-in-hand. Goodness is one of the Christian values that changes both the person expressing it as well as the people he or she interacts with.

Upcoming country artist Noah Brown has definitely fallen into the temptation that shows "the flesh is weak" in the Original movie "God's Country Song." Ignoring his manager's warnings to stay humble, Noah is living life in the fast lane, focused on his music, drinking and fame. On a journey of redemption and forgiveness, he rediscovers what truly matters in life: faith and family.

Live Faithfully

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” - Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Of all the Christian values, faithfulness is the one on which so many of the others are predicated. Trusting and loving God — and living out that commitment — helps to ensure one is embracing and exhibiting the other Christian principles to their fullest.

In "Running the Bases," Luke continues to be faithful even after his brother tragically passed away. He continues to share his faith and the love of God with his son and the entire high school baseball team that he coaches. Luke has to deal with attempts by the superintendent to prevent Luke from showing simple signs of his faith on the baseball field. Luke is determined to not back down and stand firm in his faith. Will the superintendent agree? Find out in "Running the Bases" now streaming on Great American Pure Flix.

Be Gentle

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” - 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

Along with kindness and compassion, comes the Christian principle of gentleness. In a rough and tumble culture that often values fierce and selfish responses, taking a gentle approach to life — and human interaction — is evidence of Christ living in a person’s heart.

Gentleness, expressed as one of the aforementioned Judeo Christian values, isn’t weakness; instead, when properly lived out, it requires strength, self-control and the ability to look past anger and emotion to see the bigger picture: Christians are called to be kind and loving, even to their enemies.

Read Also: 20 Bible Verses About Strength: God’s Word on Faith in Hard Times

Have Self-Control

“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” - Proverbs 16:32 (NIV)

In an “anything goes” society, self-control sometimes becomes a somewhat foreign value. But embracing Christian principles means controlling one’s words and behaviors. The premise of reliance upon God is that His will and plan matters.

When speaking about core Christian values, it’s essential to include self-control in the mix. This is the last of the nine Christian values Paul speaks about in Galatians.

A science-fiction drama (loosely based on historical figures) about brilliant young scientist, Simon Orwel, who sets out on a quest to find the secret of a world-changing device and his own unlimited potential teaches self-control and faithfulness. Watch “Unlimited: All Things Are Possible” today when you sign up for a free trial with Great American Pure Flix.

A fun way to learn more about the fruit of the Spirit is to read the free devotional, Christian Movies that Teach the Fruit of the Spirit. Inside, you’ll find encouraging scripture and insights to help you apply each trait.

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Billy Hallowell

Billy Hallowell has been working in journalism and media for more than a decade. His writings have appeared in Deseret News, TheBlaze, Human Events, Mediaite and on, among other outlets. Hallowell has a B.A. in journalism and broadcasting from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York and an M.S. in social research from Hunter College in Manhattan, New York.