Getting the Stink Off

Peacock with Outstretched Feathers

Getting the Stink Off

©  2013  Jeanne E Webster.   All rights reserved

Gal. 5:26 “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Gal. 6:3-5 “For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For every man shall bear his own burden.”

Look to God for proof of your works; do not make comparisons.  Cain compared himself to Abel . . . and killed him.  Esau compared himself to Jacob . . .and lost his inheritance.  Saul compared himself to David . . . and developed mental problems!

You want to do some heavy comparisons?  Here’s a crash course in comparisons:

     A.  Gal. 5:19-21   Works of the flesh

Adultery

Fornication

Uncleanness (sexual impurity)

Lasciviousness (sexual excess)

Idolatry

Witchcraft (sorcery, tampering with powers of evil)

Hatred

Variance (discord)

Emulations (jealousy)

Wrath

Strife (selfish ambitions)

Seditions (dissensions)

Heresies (permanent, organized divisions)

Envyings

Murders

Drunkenness

Revellings (excessive eating and carousing)

(Those whose lives are habitually characterized by these sins and vices shall not inherit the kingdom of God.)

  

B.   Gal. 5:22-23  Fruit of the Spirit

Love

Joy

Peace

Long-suffering

Gentleness

Goodness

Faith

Meekness

Temperance

Gal. 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked.  For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall reap of the flesh corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Choose the fruit; they’re from the Holy Spirit.  The works are of the flesh; reject them and suffer them no room in your life.  Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say REJOICE!

Lamentable Reflections

 

 

Galatians 5:22-25  But the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE…JOY…PEACE…LONG-SUFFERING …GENTLENESS…GOODNESS…FAITH…MEEKNESS…and TEMPERANCE…

Against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.   If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 

 

©Jeanne E Webster

A stark peek into the lives of Christians last week: 

1.  Not wanting to be hospitable to extended family members’ unexpected visit

2.  Failing to inquire from a bedraggled looking woman she passed by in the parking lot of Wal-Mart’s if she needed help.  The woman was hooked up to a portable oxygen tank while sitting behind the steering wheel of her old beat-up automobile.  After passing her by, it was noted that the car was overflowing with all the woman’s belongings and the woman was smoking a cigarette

3.  Discussing government officials’ immoral behaviors in a derogatory manner

4.  Losing temper and swearing after a mishap occurred on a bad arthritis day

5.  Judging harshly a friend’s attitude after she shared her thoughts

All these are covered under one theme:  God is love.  So maintain peaceful spirit with all people and within yourself.  Once you drop the ball of a fruit of the Spirit, the action will topple the other fruits like a domino effect if not restrained and rooted out of one’s heart.   

Thank you, Father, for your forgiveness and love.  Our sins we confess and ask for a restored relationship with You.  In Jesus’ name…amen!