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"You can’t judge the spirituality of a Christian on the basis of his prayers, since praying is often done for its effect on the listeners. Nor can you measure a person’s spiritual status by the loudness of his "AMENs" and "hallelujahs." The generosity of one’s giving is not an infallible test for it may be done for personal recognition or to ease one’s conscience. Faithful attendance at worship, support for Christian education, and observance of Sunday are not reliable either for they may all be done because of family, community, or peer pressures.

"A sure test of the depth of our relationship with God is found in our willingness to show compassion and to forgive those who hurt us."

… By Rev Adrian Dieleman, Trinity Christian Reformed Church.