Love, Joy & Peace

All of Moses’ Teachings are summarized in a single statement, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

But if you criticize and attack each other, be careful that you don’t destroy each other.

Let me explain further. Live your life as your spiritual nature directs you.

Then you will never follow through on what your corrupt nature wants.

What your corrupt nature wants is contrary to what your spiritual nature wants, and what your spiritual nature wants is contrary to what your corrupt nature wants.

They are opposed to each other.

As a result, you don’t always do what you intend to do.

If your spiritual nature is your guide, you are not subject to Moses’ laws.

Galatians 5:14‭-‬18 GW

Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things.

I’ve told you in the past and I’m telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 GW

But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

There are no laws against things like that.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires.

If we live by our spiritual nature, then our lives need to conform to our spiritual nature.

We can’t allow ourselves to act arrogantly and to provoke or envy each other.

Galatians 5:22‭-‬26 GW

Arrogance is a symptom of insecurity.

And insecurity comes from not understanding one’s identity in Christ.

And ignorance is the symptom of a lack of education.

God hates arrogance, pride, conceit and all other foolishness.

Why?

Because such sinful attitudes of the heart sever one’s relationship with God and their fellow human beings.

God is a God of restorative relationship.

If Jesus going to the Cross isn’t enough to convince you that God really wants to repair relationships between God and humans, I’m not sure what else will persuade you.

Arrogance and pride are a deceptive trap laid by the enemy of your soul.

“Did God really say?”

Get behind me, Satan. And shut up.

God’s will is that we be one with Him.

Individually and corporately.

That’s how it works.

The Church is those who are united with God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ in one Spirit.

The called out ones.

Made holy and perfect in Christ by Christ for Christ.

It’s all for God.

God does it all.

Everything we are is God’s.

So here’s the deal.

If God reveals something about someone to you, what do you do with it?

Say you have a word of knowledge or discern the spirits.

What if you can see their glaring weakness or hidden sin?

What do you do with that?

Do you gossip to others?

Do you judge them?

Do you avoid them and consider them too far gone for hope?

Or do you do something different?

Do you act like Christ?

Do you dine with sinners?

Do you meet them right where they’re at and pray for them?

I believe the only reason God acts is out of love.

If love motivates everything that the Spirit does, then He reveals hidden truths so that we can lovingly restore people back to faith.

All sin is just a lack of walking by faith.

Who among us walks perfectly by faith?

Only Jesus.

Daily, we need to repent and confess our sins.

Disobedience is sin.

Anything not done in faith is sin.

To know the right thing to do and not do it, is sin.

The whole Law of Moses is summarized in a single statement: Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

That means equally.

Love everyone equally.

You won’t run out of love.

God is a never ending supply of love.

The more you give, the more you receive.

It’s a river.

Flowing into an ocean.

The Church should be recognized as an ocean of God’s Love.

And where there is love, there is joy, and peace.

You are loved.

Enjoy it.

Peace be with you.

Amen.

“I’m not praying only for them. I’m also praying for those who will believe in me through their message. I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me.”

John 17:20‭-‬21 GW

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