Posted by: the warrioress | August 29, 2013

Living in the Spirit

Life by the Spirit

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 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. – Galatians 5:13-25

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We are offered quite the mouthful in these few passages of scripture. We are taught that a whole host of things are considered to be living according to “the desires of the flesh.” The desires of the flesh include selfishness, greed, hatred for others who are different than we are, love of money, not sharing well with others, caring about worldly ambition and ourselves more than one’s fellow men and women, stupid arguments over money because we’re mad that somebody got some of ours via our taxes,  and etc.

Jesus is watching, Christians. God is paying attention.

The bible tells us that if we are caught up in these fleshly desires and fulfilling them that we will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Many people assume that this is talking about only sexual purity in our lives, but it’s not just about that when one is truly living by the Spirit.

Living by the Spirit is about love and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves. It’s about living love in every facet of our life, including our politics! We cannot just go to church on Sunday, give to our favorite charity and church, and somehow figure we’re living by the Spirit.

Does the way you live your life show Jesus? Does what you stand up for exhibit the Holy Spirit? No politician these days will be perfectly aligned with the Lord, but when it comes to these various political issues, we should be in favor of those who really represent how the Holy Spirit wants us to live our lives.

 

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Responses

  1. Rather than stupid arguments over money – I would say stupid arguments period. Some people just like to argue and as I learn them I choose to not give them what they want, am answer.

    I don’t know for sure any one person is perfectly aligned with the Lord, politician or not, and it is not my place to judge them even if I don’t agree with them. I have enough on my plate keeping myself aligned with Him. I try to remember that when judging others, Jesus asks us to unto others as He has done for us. That is to love unconditionally. A little compassion goes a whole lot farther than bitter words.

    Share your blessings!
    ♥ Ed

  2. EfChristi, Ed,

    Sometimes I argue because it’s important to put my point of view “out there.” Usually, I won’t argue unless there seems an important reason to clarify something. I try not to judge others, but when someone is making a mockery out of what is extremely clear, I think it’s important to share with them another take on the matter. When they are rude, hateful, arrogant, and insulting, I feel sorry for them and do have a lot of compassion for them. I will also pray for them, but at some point, a firm, no-nonsense response seems also called for.


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