Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:19-24)
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. (1 John 3:10-24)
A lot of people claim to be Christians, but there is a way to tell the true from the pretenders. The fruit of the Spirit of God is the evidence of His influence in a Christian’s life. God hates sin, and so should we; but He loved us when we were sinners, and Christ died for the ungodly that we might be saved. These passages give us some examples of how to tell a real Christian from a chameleon or a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Saying one is a Christian does not make it so. If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Jesus said, Ye must be born again (John 3:1-8). Paul said that we should examine ourselves, to make sure that we are indeed in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). If we don’t have the Spirit of Christ within us, we are none of His (Romans 8:9). When weighed against the evidence, where do you stand? If someone were to accuse us of being a Christian, would the charges stick? Or, would the case be thrown out for lack of evidence?