‘If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away and everything has become new’ 2 Corinthians 5:17
Some people say not everything becomes new, not with their words anyway for those who want to fear God but with their actions. They don’t think it becomes new. I ask myself, what does it matter what the others think? Does it become new? Did it become new? I reply that it depends on what you are focusing on. Then I ask again, what are you focusing on? The natural or the supernatural? I reply that I am focusing on the supernatural. Then I ask again, really? I reply, not really but I want to.
To help myself I need to go look at some scriptures. I am not into pretense even though I have done pretty well the last couple of years, I mean you have to try and get along with other people. Many other people. But should you lose your relationship with God in a bid to get along with other, you did say ‘pursue peace with all men’. Are you trying to be smart with me? I said, pursue peace with all men but you need to count the cost.
As usual this was the answer I got:
(PHCN just returned the power, I am glad for any bit of light even though I pay my bills. I have handled that rage. You change the things you can and have a good attitude about the things you can’t, no use spoiling a good day).
Gal 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.
I don’t care about any one else’s interpretation of this scripture but for my peace of mind, I need to put to practice what I understand by this scripture. I think I guard my peace more than my mind these days. By the way, thanks to that twisted person who shared pornography on my Facebook page today, I got your missile, I sent it back.
Love: The only definition that helps when it comes to relating with people is 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 8, it is for relating well with people since we live on earth much as our recreated spirit is seated with Christ, there is nothing like someone deliberately trying to annoy you to bring you down to earth. I do love you.
Joy: This has always been my greatest challenge, it helps to start my morning with ‘This is the day that You have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. My Daddy God is the owner of today. I do choose joy.
Peace: i learned to walk in peace early in my Christian walk, it is one of the reasons I love music, it has a way of changing my mind and my thinking. Someone talked to me about something in the morning by evening I was doing it, that is how volatile my mind is, it is a sponge, I have to be a security guard to ensure I am only getting the right stuff in it. I am most at peace when I am conscious of the presence of God with me daily, in fact eon to eon.
Long suffering: I hate this the most, ever since I was referred to as a martyr by a family member, i set out to change this, or at least when you are long suffering, don’t kill everyone with verbal diarrhea, go through with a good attitude.
Gentleness: I learned to be gentle in the face of accusation. It is a shield, I tell you. I can calmly gaze at you as you do whatever it is you spend your days doing and just switch off and not get angry at B.S that used to set me off, I am grateful to the Spirit for this fruit. I grew up fuming, now I simply let it go and empty that heart so that God is comfortable in it, don’t be choking the word, give it room.
Goodness: I can safely say that anything that is good in me is God-made, it is the product of the God nature in me. Otherwise I am very creative in everything creative…as well as destructive, my old man somewhere in the grave threatens to rise up and go and carry out mayhem or at least just cause my adversaries to lose my temper, my new man says, relax, that’s not you anymore, you are alive to righteousness, you are alive to Christ, be you, and do you. I smile, grimace and then I take my position.
Meekness: The only thing that is meek about me is my face, it looks meek but my heart, it doesn’t want to be meek but because of the grace of God, I have learned to agree with what God says about me, which is true meekness. If He said it, then I have it. After all the only thing that matters about anything is who said it?
Temperance: I got self control in the sack and I am carrying it, I am excellent at ‘ignoring’ I ignore good but ignoring is not self control. I do have self control. And in my weak areas, I just put on my tennis shoes and start running and of course and relax enough to pay attention and listen to that inward witness.
Against this, there is no law.
The law has no effect against me, it and its ordinances are nailed to the cross and because i am living by grace and not law, I don’t make much effort, I just fix my eyes on Jesus and walk in love towards all men. Especially the ones who don’t like me. I want to do otherwise and focus on loving those who like me already but that doesn’t require any denial. It is doing good for those who hate me that puts my flesh under. With my siblings I am a total walk over. No boundaries.
So I try to do same for those who don’t love me. I don’t know if I will ever get a hang of going the extra mile but I believe the Holy Spirit isn’t done with me yet. Afterall He has the responsibilty of ensuring that I become conformed to the image of Christ
I dey go there
Kicking and screaming (flesh that is)
The Spirit has no problem with obeying God’s word
After all, tis my nature!
#Faith #Hope & #Love
Galatians 2: 20
I got crucified with Christ and I am living this life (Zoe) by the faith of Jesus