Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip ... How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation. (Heb 2:1,3)
We all do this from time to time. We let some truth of the gospel slip from our thinking, and that truth, having fallen away, then turns into negative actions. Suddenly, we're behaving incoorectly, doing and saying things we shouldn't.
By example ... Recently, I read a status on a social network berating a Christian pastor. The author didn't say one good word, just a lot of "he's wrong about this" and "he's wrong about that" type remarks. I made the statement then and it still holds true - if your only purpose in posting is to hurt someone else, you probably shouldn't say it.
It's the old adage your mother taught you, "If you can't saying anything nice, don't say anything at all."
This certainly isn't limited to spiritual subjects. We destroy other people over football teams, food preferences, hobbies, hairstyles. Age. She's too old to know or he's too young.
"You wouldn't understand because you're out of touch, haven't worked as much as me, weren't there at the time, don't have my revelation on it."
Again, I'm going to make a statement - if you're the only one who knows something, it could be you're wrong. It's rare that one man is given special dispensation on anything.
Narrowing this down, whatever happened to the fruit of the spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Gal 5:22-23)
I've discovered that it's hard to keep all of those working at once. And it gets worse. So often we quote the fruit of the spirit, but neglect the instructions which follow
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Gal 5:24-26)
Jesus referred to this as having a beam, or pole, in your eye. (Mt 7:3-5) Here's the thing about having a pole in your eye though, you don't know it's there, and knowing is half the battle to correcting it.
Maybe you're the nicest person in the world, but you're not happy. You're sad all the time. Joy is a fruit of the spirit. Or maybe you're happy and kind, but believing for things, walking by faith, is your hang up. Again, that's a fruit of the spirit. We all have something we can work on.
And that is my point. If we're not working on it, we're neglecting the salvation Jesus died to give, and if we do that, then our light will not shine into the lives of others. It's the domino effect. This knocks that over, which affects her, which then affects him, which causes me to act like I shouldn't, and we all end up in a ditch. (Ps 7:15;Mt 15:14;Lk 6:39)
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (Col 3:12-13)
Suzanne D. Williams
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.