So I say
Live by the Spirit
And you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. …
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious:
Impurity and debauchery
Idolatry and witchcraft
Hatred, discord, jealousy
Fits of rage
Dissensions, factions and envy
Drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this
Will not inherit the kingdom of God.
-Galatians 5:16, 19-21
Finding fault with God is a favourite pastime of those who don’t want to address their own standing in the kingdom of God: Why does God allow so much suffering? Why does God allow hunger? If God is really there, why did He allow that child to die? The answer to such fault-finding questions is found in God’s answer – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach. But to such people it is often easier to go on finding fault with God than to address their own lack of participation in God’s solution to the human problem. This is not to say that God has no regard for those who truly seek His truth to such questions for He tells us to seek the truth. However, more are they that seek self-justification for their actions or lack of action than are those who seek His truth.
Those who have accepted God’s answer – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach – live by the Holy Spirit and walk and live out God’s answer to a hurting world – they participate in God’s solution:
The fruit of the Spirit is love
Joy, peace, patience
Kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus
Have crucified the sinful nature
With its passions and desires.
Since we live by the Spirit
Let us keep in step with the Spirit.
God has given the answer – what is yours? Turn, look at your participation in God’s solution to the human problem, trust in God’s answer, keep in step with the Holy Spirit and become part of the solution for a hurting world.
The Lord is coming!