God has a plan for our lives. It’s so simple. He doesn’t want us to feel pain or discord. He never meant for us to hate others. He speaks repeatedly in His word about loving others. Jesus said to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. And, to love your neighbor as yourself.
I’ve been drawn lately to Galatians 5.
Living by the Spirit’s Power – Galatians 5:16-21
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
The flesh results in regret, conviction and defeat. But, when we walk in the spirit, we walk in truth, life and the fact that there is no law against the fruits of the spirit. (Gal. 5:23) When there is absolutely no law against it, doesn’t that mean it is perfect and acceptable?
Paul states later in Galatians 6:8 that…
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Too many of us are jealous of our neighbors instead of loving them. Too many of us are walking in the flesh; not the spirit. It’s time to nail our “stuff” to the cross. Grab your hammers, people.
Be blessed and free.
~Bohemian Christian Chelle