Compartmentalizing The Christian Walk Part 3


So what do we need to do? We need to take a closer look at Galatians 5:22-23,

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (NKJV)

 

      Christianity is not that one thing you think you know. Christianity is about bearing fruit and the fruit that you are call to manifest in your life is one, that is, the fruit of the Spirit. The Bible does not say the fruits of the Spirit in plural, the Bible speaks in singular “The fruit of the Spirit.”

       A Christian is call to be first, loving. Love is the central characteristic of God’s character and we are called to have the same characteristic.

      A Christian is call to be filled with joy. The Bible tells is that in His presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16) A Christian walk in peace, which means that no matter what we go through we still walk in peace, a peace that overpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). In other words, when it makes no sense for you to be at peace, you are, by God’s grace, at peace.

      A Christian is patient, which means that we endured whatever comes at us. We are not spoil children, we take it all, good bad and ugly and in all, we still love God and others. A Christian is call to walk in kindness, to be good, to be faithful, to be gentle and to have self-control. All of these things, together, not one without the other, form what we ought to be.

      We can be doctrinally sound in our own eyes, but still walk without love. Walking without love make our doctrine ineffective. Love is what validate our doctrine, what gives value and credibility to what we believe. Sound doctrine, is not really sound doctrine without love, it is hypocrisy. The bible tells us very clearly in First Corinthians 8:1,

“…Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.”

 

      Any knowledge, that is, including Biblical knowledge, without love, can cause men to be arrogant, unless that knowledge has its foundation in love. That is what we have seen through the hundreds of years of church history, a great deal of arrogance. It is that arrogance that is keeping us divided.

To be continued…

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