10 Guidelines for Christian Living

Over the last seven decades, Billy Graham has written 32 books which are an extension of his continued ministry and burden to reach as many people as possible with the Good News of the Gospel. In “Peace with God,” Mr. Graham outlines ten guidelines for Christian living. This classic volume by Billy Graham points to the fact that God is the only way to find authentic personal peace in a world in crisis.


Whether we are playing a game, driving a car, or baking a cake, there are certain rules that must be followed for our safety as well as our success.

The Bible teaches that the Christian life is one of constant growth. When you were born again, you were born into God’s family. It is God’s purpose that you will grow into fill stature and become mature in Christ. It would be against the law of God and nature if you were to remain a baby and thus become a spiritual dwarf. In 2 Peter 3:18, the Bible says that we are to grow. It implies steady development, constant enlargement, increasing wisdom.

For one to grow properly certain rules must be observed for good spiritual health.

  1. Read your Bible daily. Do not be content to skim through a chapter merely to satisfy your conscience. Hide the Word of God in your heart. It comforts, guides, corrects, encourages – all we need is there.
  2. Learn the secret of prayer. Prayer is communicating. Every prayer that you pray will be answered. Sometimes that answer may be “Yes” and sometimes “No,” and sometimes it is “Wait,” but nevertheless it will be answered.
  3. Rely constantly on the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8), and what a comfort that should be to the weakest of us. Stand aside and let Him take over all the choices and decisions of your life.
  4. Attend church regularly. The visible church is Christ’s organization upon earth. Christians need one another, we need to gather together to worship God and nothing can take the place of church attendance.
  5. Be a witnessing Christian. We witness in two ways: by life and by word – and the two, where possible, should go hand in hand.
  6. Let love be the ruling principle of your life. Jesus said to those who followed Him, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). The greatest demonstration of the fact that we are Christians is that we love one another.
  7. Be an obedient Christian. Let Christ have first place in all the choices of your life.
  8. Learn how to meet temptation. Temptation is not sin. It is yielding that is sin. Let Christ through the Holy Spirit do the fighting for you.
  9. Be a wholesome Christian. Our lives and appearance should commend the Gospel and make it attractive to others.
  10. Live above your circumstances. Don’t let your circumstances get you down. Learn to live graciously within them, realizing the Lord Himself is with you.
Guidelines for Christian Living is excerpted from “Peace with God” by Billy Graham, published in 1953, revised and expanded in 1984.

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  1. Susan Tuttle says:

    As always, it is an inspiration to my life. Billy Graham’s words used through God’s given wisdom help me daily. Thank you.

    1. kelly says:

      Thank you to mr billy graham you have encouraged my husband so much with faith with God we admire you in all you have done for God an his word so a big thank you an God bless threre is only a few good people like your self that speak the truth Gods word

  2. Terry says:

    I praise Jesus for coming into my life 2 yrs ago and helping out of the rut of a life I was in. I praise God for Jesus saving me by dying on the cross and a rising again for us all. I am doing all of the above to the best of my ability. I am in the word daily. I do have trouble sharing my faith, for our church is too big and too far away for more than one weekly commute. So I do bible study off the Christian TV net works. I love you Billy, my Grand Mother used to watch you, and your sermons have helped me to understand my bible better, and to grow closer to Jesus. I also set the example in my neighborhood as a loving Christian. And get along w/ the homeless and help the hungry in my area for they are great in the area. They even talk about Jesus w/ me sometimes.

  3. Torbern Klason says:

    Excellent

  4. Priscilla Cornacchiobe says:

    Love it!

  5. carol siemers says:

    so true, I pray each day for God to examine my heart, we need his guidance every second of our lives.

  6. Sandra Clark says:

    These are ten rules we all should live by daily …

  7. Babs Chigodora says:

    I have read these principals from our father, My opinion is that nothing beats the plain truth. I am inspired may the Lord reveal more of these to our father and one of the greatest evangelist the world has ever known

  8. My wishes is to live in peace with God , his Son and the Holy Spirit. Without love the Bible says, you are nothing, we most love each other. But I mean it is very difficult to live after the Bible today, because the wisdom is so high, especially the Doctors for example. But after all I have Jesus as my Father in Heaven, that is enough for me.

  9. Shewangizaw Getachewu says:

    It is good for spiritual growth!

  10. Charles Taylor says:

    I love the inspiring words,and 10 Christian living,Iam going to start to do more of these 10 to keep up on my oneness with God. With a humbled heart I come to you in the Blessings that keep on giving The Hope of Billy Graham and Family. Amen.

  11. ERIC KLUTSE says:

    Thank you sir.

  12. lisa leo says:

    The thoughts that are shared in this passage is motivating and a reminder which we ought to practice in our daily christian life.Seldom I have time for reading the word of God or give priority to god due to which I bear the consequences of MY will.God’s will is something I tend to forget due to the fast pace of life.This passage has been very thought provoking to me. i thank god for this wonderful man of God who stands as a testimony to me.

  13. Marjorie Bailey says:

    Being stable with Christ always at your side. Peace!

  14. Mathew says:

    I really love this and may God help us to me pragmatic in Jesus name AMEN

  15. Margareta Cronholm says:

    Thank you. I like 7, 8, 10 for my life. I am reading “Peace with God” 1953 in Swedish.

  16. Jean - Martin MIAKANGAMA says:

    Awesome Article

  17. olumomi bello says:

    I agree

  18. Akua says:

    God bless you Billy Graham

  19. Lito Gonzales says:

    Thanks for having this program.

  20. constance says:

    thanks for the guideline and will follow the steps i want to be a pure christian of God.

  21. mathewos says:

    you are blessed.

  22. Terry Walker says:

    Thank you .

  23. John Lee Oakley says:

    In this crazy world I believe we need Jesus Christ more than ever before, This is lacking in my life and I want to live a more christian life. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my lord and savior but I fall short every day. I just want to be a better christian person. How can I do better? Please give me your guidance.
    Thank You,

  24. Christopher Cawaja says:

    Thanks mr. Graham, for keep us inspiring for the word of truth. Hope and pray that many people will come at the feet of Jesus through your life. God bless 🙂

  25. YO MOMMA says:

    I think this was interesting! 🙂

  26. Martin Martinez says:

    Thanks, You are a godly person.

  27. Peter says:

    When I came across a vedio of Billy Graham crusade about “How to live a Christian life?” which I watched on YouTube. it encouraged me to look for more knowledge on Christian growth, hence I find this piece which is so inspiring. I hope to get his book “Peace with God” By Billy Graham.

  28. Savannah says:

    Thank you all. God bless all of you.

  29. Regi Mathew says:

    It is inspiring comments on spiritual growth. This are the fundamentals of Christian Life. Thank You Brother.

  30. CAROL ANN HUGHES says:

    Thank you for sharing.

  31. Janina Howell says:

    I gave my life to Jesus in 2012 since then God has done some amazing things in my Life. I was a drug addict for almost 20 years, my life was in shambles. I was hurt in many was I believe I was spiritually dead. Praise God for his grace and mercy. I attend a church that has standards as far as hair and dress codes. I do not feel like God is condemning me but I feel as if the church is. I love the Lord I read the word, I know I do not know everything but I am at a loss. The spirit in this church is beautiful, but I feel like I am in complacency. I would love some advice thank you ,

    Yours truly
    Janina Howell

  32. Henry Narzary says:

    Wonderful inspirational words which touch my heart So much and encourage me to be a good Christian. Thank you Dr billy Graham and God bless you.

  33. Michael Russell says:

    Beautiful!!! As our all things that come from God. I praise God for the calling of Rev. Billy Graham and of Rev. Franklin Graham. What a blessing!!!

  34. Olawale Paul says:

    I love to search for the word of God, mostly to prepare myself for lectures. When i received a message, i do love to know more and read more about it. I was searching the online for Christian growth, while i come across to guidelines for christian living and it was helpful for the bible study am preparing.

  35. Melissa Green says:

    Thank you for the simpleton version of coming back to being a good Christian.
    I am Catholic and have been asking for help reading the bible and comprehending everything that made absolutely no sense to a kid in church. I am having difficulties understanding where to begin and the information allotted to me is overwhelming. I only want to be a good person that has high morals and lives up to my job here on earth. I have always loved and been with GOD I just fell off the righteous path. Thank you for listening and I welcome all and any help pertaining to being a great Christian.

  36. Edward Adusei Poku says:

    Thank u God bless u and your family.

  37. Marvin Tom Reynolds says:

    This is an amazing outline of the CHRISTIAN faith. It is the same as recorded in the 10 Commandments which is the bases of the Book of Hebrews in the Bible. The major point is that Jesus was the Goal of the Old Testament and the New Testament verifies this fact based on all matters of History. Jesus is the Son of God bearing the issue of Evil in me and all people that are willing to accept by faith what God our creator has achieved. It points to what is coming and it could in our life time.

  38. Jeandre says:

    Truly powerful, thank you. It’s only by the grace of God.

  39. Nashon Onzere Muhando says:

    For a long time since 1971 while in High School, I watched Billy Graham’s crusade on screens. He is one evangelist I admired.
    Read his works and you see a servant called to serve fulfil his role.

  40. Adi Marica tuikoro says:

    very inspirational ……Thank you and God Bless

  41. Monica Howard says:

    Simple clear steps. Exactly what I needed, now to pray that I follow them!

  42. GLADYS M. AMISSAH says:

    God’s servant Billy Graham will always be treasured. We have been blessed by his Books

  43. kasy says:

    Thank you and bless you Sir. Indeed am inspired.

  44. Rebekah says:

    So true!

  45. Patricia Kearney says:

    Thank You.
    I need to learn more about the Holy Spirit ?

  46. Paula Soontiraratn says:

    Thanks for this teaching

  47. sharon says:

    I struggle everyday to live a Godly life. My life is upside down right now and I know that I need God but I cant seem to live right no matter how hard I tried.

  48. Anita Martinez says:

    These guidelines are so helpful. It’s strange how I knew all of this information but reading and writing these guidelines are more clearer to me now. Thank you so much. May God continue His blessings on all of us.

    1. Cindy says:

      Sharon, I have been brought up knowing the Lord Jesus all my life but it still is not a easy path, sometimes our worldly instincts take over and we stray, but know this Jesus died for us so our sins are forgiven, it doesn’t mean we can be indispensable and do what we like but when we make mistakes we can call on the Lord and ask for forgiveness, His word says I will never leave you or forsake you, and to trust in the Lord and lean not unto your own understanding, read your word and trust in him and I pray you will be blessed. in Jesus name x

  49. Yathishkumar sg says:

    I want to be become a Christian I love Jesus but I don’t know how to become a Christian. Please help me.

    1. bglibrary says:

      We encourage you to visit: http://peacewithgod.net/

  50. Rev.Nuhu atingawaya says:

    I really love God and with his help in my life thank you.

  51. Rev. Dr. Suri Kumar says:

    Indeed very encouraging words and every Christian must apply to lead true Christian life. These blessed words will also help to escape the condemnation of hell. Thank God for the life of
    Dr. Billy Graham, who is a great blessing to one and all. Amen.

  52. Rebecca Fabanwo says:

    I thank my lord Jesus Christ for guiding you to his words to help guide all of us .

  53. gift kaja says:

    Thank you for the article I think that I will take these guidelines into consideration may God bless you

  54. Esther Adewumi says:

    Glory to God Almighty. I was searching for ‘the Christian lifestyle’ and I got this write up of the man of God, Billy Graham. It is clear and straight to the point. You will not lose your rewards in Jesus Name. Many thanks.
    Esther: Nigeria

  55. Kipkirui says:

    it’s awesome and a blessing just want to practice it daily

  56. Jim Dixon says:

    Thanking God for a man who is an example to all, i life and ministry. God Bless you sir.

  57. Frank Kaminski says:

    Thank You for your beautiful words of wisdom for the glory of God’s kingdom. Frank Kaminski

  58. Kevin says:

    Thanks for reminding me on steps to take to get closer to God.

  59. Derrick Kofi Boamah Patterson says:

    My name is Derrick from west Africa , Ghana. I am very weak in prayers and I want you and your members to remember in Prayers. I love God but I found it difficult to go to church on sundays and even to read Bible .

  60. Joshua says:

    I love everything. God bless you

  61. lily copeland says:

    great and wonderful.

  62. Albert Phelps says:

    I enjoyed the teaching it’s very rich. I believe I can lead someone Christ.

  63. Sonia serrato says:

    Thank you.

  64. Nana Owusu says:

    Very good and great outline to follow as Christian. This has been made very simple for me to follow to grow my christain life. I was actually doing 4 of them,but now it’s been made clear to me…Thank you very much… God bless you for your wonderful guide

  65. David says:

    I really love this teachings,it guides my mind in a new dimension,
    An interesting and inspirational message,
    GOD bless you more and more.

  66. Sunny Philio says:

    God Bless….

  67. Sunny Philip says:

    Thanks and God Bless…..

  68. Grace says:

    That’s very awesome

  69. RAJESH KUMAR Mathad says:

    Praise the Lord

  70. Favour says:

    I was blessed

  71. Malotabus says:

    Amen

  72. Shauni says:

    i don’t know why but my heart and soul is getting much stronger. i want to become a christian.

  73. bernard odudeyi says:

    god will give us the grace to live our life according to his word.

  74. Epemu Gladys says:

    Very correct and concise, very useful in our daily Christian life

  75. Ijahenda. I says:

    Inspiring guidelines. When we stick to that,ww may surely secure a home in internity. Tanx to Billy Graham

  76. Akindeinde o. Vincent says:

    This is wonderful, very interesting and useful.

  77. Robert Martinez says:

    Great outline. I am doing research to create a pamphlet for my Church, there are many problems that exist that need to be recognized and confronted by our church members. I pray to succeed that our church can become a powerful church in the Holy Spirit, we must get back to our beginnings.

  78. Vusi Silindza says:

    The above is a priority in my life

  79. Bobby Carr says:

    Thanks for the simple truthful teachings.

    Just an ordinary growing Christian trying to get better one day at a time

  80. Barbara Toll says:

    Billy Graham has impacted my life since I was a young girl. His constant, clear voice of God’s word gave me the ability to understand, learn, and apply what God’s Word instructs us.
    Grateful to Billy Graham and our Lord that he used his gift.

  81. Donald Robertson says:

    Thanks

  82. Florence ubajekwe says:

    Good morning, please help me in my place of work. I am surrounded with so many different sins. As a broadcaster I fall into some of these sins… I live in sins and sometimes stay away from sins. How do I live a sin free live?
    Thanks.

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Florence,

      Try reading through a few of these answers Billy Graham has given in response to similar questions about sin. We hope this helps. https://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/religion-philosophy/sin/

  83. Susan says:

    Please pray for me. I need encouragement and clarity on how to become a good Christian. I want to honor God in everything that I do.

  84. Tsamuel says:

    Thank u for letting me to download the precious word of God.

  85. C’Asia says:

    10 great rules !!

  86. AKE-THOMAS CYRIL U. says:

    It’s suitable and profitable.

  87. NWUGHA EMMANUEL says:

    It is an encouragement to my spiritual life, it help me to grow spiritually. Please help me in prayer that I may stand strong in the Lord.

  88. Fred Clements says:

    No one cares what you know until they how much you care. Grahams messages reinforces that for me. One is a lonely number, however; Pastor Graham ‘s love for God assures me I am not alone.

  89. Catherine says:

    I am encouraged. Actually I was looking for messages that can help me revive my prayer life.
    1 Read the word
    2 Prayer
    3 Fellowship
    4 Lean to the Holy Spirit.
    I am inspired thanks Billy Graham. RIP

  90. Pastor Nick says:

    Pastor Billy has always been an inspiration and his words live on

  91. Ranjan suna says:

    Really inspired through these 10 points, and blessed. As I am a follower of Christ Jesus, I must do this all in my daily life to please God. Thank you so much.

  92. Evelyn williams says:

    I love where it said to live above your circumstances.

  93. Chris says:

    Good work. More grace to you.

  94. Umubyeyi m.Claudine says:

    Thank you so much for the guidance. God Bless you and me. I need to live a Christian life. Amen.

  95. Bulalu Tonny says:

    Thank you for your message

  96. Munindra Baglary says:

    Good & helpful

  97. Karen Cicero says:

    Thank you for making this available online and free.

  98. yohannes Zeleke says:

    Important and basic rules of spiritual growth while we are here in this world.

  99. George says:

    I need encouraging mail.

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi George, we encourage you to visit the following two pages. Just enter your email, and we will send you spiritual encouragement.
      http://www.billygraham.org/subscriptions
      http://www.billygrahamlibrary.org (scroll down to bottom)

  100. Paul Udo says:

    You are doing a nice job showing people the way. I’ll be glad to be receiving information from you.Thank you for the job well done.

  101. Jerome Davis says:

    I have hard time letting Jesus Christ take control of my life. It’s almost like a steering wheel – I give it to Him, but I want to take it back.

  102. Gift Alakpa says:

    I agree to the above steps.

  103. Gift Alakpa says:

    Thanks sir.

  104. Nathanie says:

    Thank you.

  105. Anil says:

    Praise The Lord
    Pl pray for my spiritual, professional, career and financial growth.

  106. jethro Acabal says:

    I was really blessed that being a follower of God our Lord is not easy, but thank God for another lesson being shared by His Son. I want to thank the one who made this. I declare that God give you more knowledge and strength to write more to think more about goodness of God in order for them to encourage and know how to live a life that is full of blessings. God Bless

  107. Reuben Jece says:

    Hallelujah, Amennnnn!!!

  108. Joseph Olowoleye says:

    Nice piece.

  109. Linda secor says:

    I help support Samaritan’s Purse and have always enjoyed the preaching of Billy and now Frankin.

    I have not always believed in the Lord. My upbringing was something less then love, but over the years I have come to know Christ and can only hope that because my heart is filled with true sorrow for past mistakes that God will forgive me.

    My husband left me for his boss after 27 years. That’s when I really got into the Word and am still growing. It’s not always easy but I keep on.

  110. Daniel kellman says:

    Thank you so much for the lifting words

  111. Phillip Shough says:

    I have a hard time understanding the words of the Bible. I can’t seem to make sense of a lot of what’s being taught. What can I do to help in understanding the word?

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Phillip,
      This is a great question. Here’s what Billy Graham has to say: https://billygraham.org/answer/read-the-bible-slowly-and-in-segments/

  112. obinna tony says:

    Very encouraging. Please always email me. I want to live a right live with Christ.

    1. bglibrary says:

      We will keep you on our email list. You can also subscribe to additional emails here: https://billygraham.org/subscriptions/

  113. Edwin Patino says:

    Really enjoyed the ten steps for christian living.

  114. Christiana Feson says:

    I find this very inspiring and awesome.

  115. Becki Pacetti says:

    Thank you for sharing this I get to follow them every day

  116. Jane says:

    I want to get back to my religious life. Lately I have been going on trips enjoying with friends eating and sleeping and working a lot, not paying attention to my religion. I want to be motivated and get some advice and help please.

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Jane,
      It’s great to hear that you want to be more motivated. We encourage you to visit this website for resources on growing your faith: https://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/

  117. C Lalmalsawma says:

    It’s a great and wonderful christian living guidlines! God put us in this word, to witness His heavenly love by words and by deeds. People want to see the life of heaven in the life of His followers. The more we show the life of Christ, the more people will believe that Jesus is the son of God. The real life of God is in heaven, true believer of Jesus can witness that life hear in this world!

  118. Samson Yama says:

    I am very much Blessed by the teaching of our Beloved Dr. Billy Graham, I am Pastor of a small church every week around 30 to 35 average people gathered on Sunday, we don’t have Church Building at present we are gathering at Computer Centre, kindly uphold us in your precious prayers that Gracious God to enable us to purchase a land for Church. Thank you.

  119. king says:

    Good message.

  120. Attla says:

    Thank you for this teaching, you helped me prepare for a sermon. Continue teaching God’s Saints.

  121. aivy gawe says:

    How can we say that temptation is not a sin? Thanks I just want to clarify. God bless.

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Aivy,
      We encourage you to read about temptation on our website by following this link: https://billygraham.org/?s=temptation

  122. vincent says:

    What if you find your self being occupied with works? I mean a work of from morning to night. How will I do to keep these 10 guidelines?

    1. bglibrary says:

      Hi Vincent,
      We encourage you to read Billy Graham’s answers on similar questions about work: https://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/health-lifestyle/work/

  123. Kelvin Obukeowho Ibomor says:

    Words so powerful and inspiring.
    Thank you sir for sharing the words of blessing.

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