I posted at that time about Gal. 5:22, 23. Hard verses. Easy to say. Easy to point the finger at others who don’t comply with them. Hard to accept the fact that it isn’t always the other person who needs to sharpen up and get some starch in their living by living out these verses.
It is just as hard to live out Phil 4:8. We need to think God thoughts. Think quality. Look quality. But is it easy? Not really. But these are the things that actually make up our actions day in and day out.
“Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil 4;8).
Whatever things are not true, whatever things are not honest, whatever things are not just, whatever things are not pure, whatever things are not lovely, whatever things are not of good report, think on these things. Isn’t this the way we live most of our days at least part of the time? We are led unknowingly at times by Satan. He is forever on the window sill of our lives waiting and waiting and waiting for that one weak moment when he can play havoc with us turning us in all directions AWAY from what the Lord intends for us to have and to be.
Then, looking at Gal. 5:22, 23. The 3 dimensional Fruit of the Spirit. It too, hard to do, if we are truthful about it.
1: Love, Joy, Peace
2: Patience, Kindness, Goodness
3: Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self Control
Can we honestly look at any of these 9 pieces of the Fruit and say without batting an eye that we live them out daily as God wants and expects us too?
There are people all around us holding grudges. I know you have them in your life. I have them big-time. No place in God’s economy do we see, do we hear, do we read that holding a grudge of any kind is from God. Without exception, Satan controls every single grudge and I must say he has a strong grip.
Lev. 19:18 seems to speak volumes to us. The Lord told Moses to speak to the congregation of the Children of Israel and among what he was to tell them were these words: “Thou shall not avenge nor bear any grudge against the children of the people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself; I am the Lord.”
Mark 11:25 and 26 seems to bear this out in the New Testament. We read, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26) But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” You better look twice at verse 26. God does not threaten. He serves His purpose and does it WELL.
Grudges never come from the Lord. Never. Always, they are Satan’s handiwork. If we could just see this and rise above the fray that Satan is so saturated with we would find freedom and the Fruits of the Spirit would be ripe and tasty to our souls. But instead so often it is, “you hurt me and I am not going to forget it. It is just the way I am.” Oh my. When I see this in people, I realize their Christianity is many miles wide but only half inch deep.
We all. Yes. You too. We all need to work on this in our lives. With my move behind me and coasting for a few days before the surgery, I am planning on taking either one piece of the Fruit or one item from the “whatsoevers” and getting my Concordance online and finding all I can on each one and grow from the Study. I hope you will do the same. I am not the only one. We all are human. We all have the sin nature. We all are guilty in more ways than we would ever admit to any one around us.
Let’s work on it together. Let’s defeat Satan at every turn. He has had a heyday with each of us. As Christians, we need to constantly be pushing toward our Lord. Let Him do His work in our lives. What Satan offers is easy and feels so good and it gives us what we “feel” is the superior edge, but with it comes a lot of baggage which weighs us down whether we admit it or not.
Always remember Satan gives us his best first (his calling card).Then comes the baggage. But God gives us His best “last“. It does not always feel right TO US to take that “pride” in our lives and shatter it to pieces – that is the hard part “first”. But God. Yes, “But God” then gives us the relief that can come only from His Hand of mercy. And there is no baggage attached. The lock that was once secured on that baggage is suddenly disappearing and forever we are free from the horrible, stinking baggage that Satan once gave to us. Try it once. You will see. Yes, YOU!!!!!!!!!
Growing in His Care. Marge