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…

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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