This is for believers.
A little expression of arrogance in the kingdom can disconnect you from truly benefiting from grace.
The parable of the prodigal son visits the elder son who was standing outside the house during the feast and would not go in.
Luke 18:11 shows us the prayer of the pharisee and how he even condemned the tax collector in his prayers “God I thank you that I am not like other people”
I was speaking to someone somedays ago, pardon me if you see this, a Bishop’s wife and she said “They brought someone who has never pastored a church before to replace us” Joel Osteen never pastored a church before but I believe that amid the initial criticisms, he’s still doing well and still has the largest congregation in the US.
Now what’s my point? God sees the heart.
We may make a show of our seeming uprightness but God knows what He’s looking for. Humility is so delicate that being too satisfied with your humility would be pride. You may do so many good deeds to the point that you start judging other people whose acts of charity you don’t see. You may pray so much in church that you feel like you want to teach others how to pray or judge those who don’t go to church or those who don’t preach or people whose acts of “church/worship/religion” you don’t understand. We are not God. I’m not against correcting others in love or lifting those who are weak, but the key thing to watch is your motive. Would God be satisfied with the content of your heart?
If someone did me wrong so badly and I saw them in heaven, would I feel God was unjust? If God blessed an unserious church benchwarmer more than He was blessing me, would I feel they didn’t deserve it? Or didn’t work for it? Or I deserved that?
It would be easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a conceited person to enter into heaven. We know why lucifer was cast down.
So the fruits of the spirit are for YOUR SPIRIT, for your mind, from God’s spirit, let this mind be in you, which is in Christ Jesus(complete the verses).
The fruits of the spirit are for OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER HUMANS, for our journeys through life, not for our relationship with God. That’s why the passage ends with “against such there is no law”. There is no law against love, love is the fulfilment of the law. Love covers a multitude of sins. Love never fails.
So, please inderstand that God’s ways are not ours, and be more tolerant with those who are not as “Holy” as we are, remember that there is grace for everyone, “not of works” but Christ calls us to Work out our salvation, as it is written, “Be Holy, for I am Holy”.
Check your heart…Guard your heart with all diligence. Anything done out of faith is sin, faith without work is dead, Hope maketh not ashamed, yet Love, Love is the greatest of all, of all of these.
Check your heart, heaven is for the spotless, it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. Check your love meter. Check your fruits of the spirit garden, if you’re not producing these fruits, you’re not of God, we shall know them by their fruits…
You may think you have a perfect relationship with God, cos you don’t see him, you adhere to religion, when you sin, he forgives, you worship on endless hours and praise him early in the morning, but he placed us with humans, and that’s where the problems are usually born: in what we do and what we don’t do, in what we think and the way we judge and how we react…humans are funny people, it won’t be so easy, but express the fruits, don’t let the little foxes ruin the sweet fellowship you have with God and with fellow men, the cross links God to man and man to man (sign of the cross).
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