But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God). For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do.
Galatians 5:16-17 (AMPC)
I THEREFORE, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (AMPC)
Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:38 (AMPC)
But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
Acts 1:8 (AMPC)
Is there such a thing as a super Christian kind of like superwoman but instead of having super powers the super Christian always acts on situations with wisdom and prayer. They are always compassionate, loving, fruitful, selfless and humble. Is there such a person that is a super Christian…wait for it…NOPE.
When I was very young in my Christian walk I thought it was about being perfectly good and always exhibiting perfect Christian character. What I missed was that there were no perfect Christians. Never will be any. Thank God that pressure is long gone.
We all make mistake whether Christian or not. No one is perfect as a matter of fact, it is in and because of our imperfection that we need and seek to open the door to Jesus Christ. We needed Him and now we who believe have the Holy Spirit to guide us and to remind us of what’s important….wait for it…. LOVE.
Peace and Blessings,
Barbara J. Couch, MDiv.