Last night I had a small group of youth over to talk about getting God in our relationships. We discussed the fruit of the Spirit as defined in Galatians 5:22- 23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law.
Most Bible quizzers can recite these. God has revealed in my Cup Of Time with Him that it is one thing to recite and yet another to do them. To exhibit them. To LIVE them. When we are FILLED with His Holy Spirit we will grow in the FRUIT OF HIS SPIRIT. We will naturally and continually show more love. We will naturally and continually have more temperance which is self control.
If I am full of jealously and create strife, and all other such flesh characteristics am I FULL of His Spirit? Line those characteristics up with what the Bibles says and we will see the answer is no.
So how do I help my brothers and sisters go further? How do I help them get off that perpetual not so merry-go-round of hatred and uncleanness? We help through a conversation.
Talk to them. Truly people can not know what they do not know. How do you know what you don't know? We can't! Someone has to help us. We can help one another through revelation. Share what we have learned. What we have been through.
That verse the one that says about seeing the speck in your brothers eye when we have a beam in our own. You know which I speak of? Yes, most of us do. Well we have been duked into receiving that verse as one that if put into practice we are sinning. We are judging. But let's look at that a bit closer!
Luke 6:42 Either how can you say to your brother, brother let me pull out the mote that is in your eye, when you, your self behold not the beam that is in your own? You hypocrite cast out first the beam out of your own eye, and then shall you see clearly to pull out the mote that is in your brothers eye.
We are the Body of Christ. How can I help my brother through his iniquity if I hang on to mine? How can I help them through strife if I am full of strife? I am instructed by God to get rid of it FIRST and then HELP my brother get rid of his! How glorious is that!!!!? We get to HELP each other through to the next level of God. It is not judgement here to do so. It is a God given instruction on HOW to go further in Christ ourselves and then HELP our friends and family to do the same.
Smiles and God Bless!
Lisa Ellen D.