The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, 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.
But 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. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Lately I’ve been really convicted in these verses…….that my lifestyle and the words I speak don’t match……that there is more of the characteristics of the sinful nature in me than the fruits of the spirit…….and I am so apathetic to the sin in my life. I say I want to please God but often don’t even care that I am hurting Him with my sin…..
I am struggling……..Can I say that here? I am in a constant battle with my sinful nature…..with my pride & selfishness, with my desire to always have my own way…..and it effects all those that I love………they are the ones suffering because of me……..
I recently agreed to be mentored by one of the ladies in our church and I have to be honest……..it’s really hard…….crucifying my sinful nature is not easy because I kind of like it…..it’s comfortable, it’s what I know……..and where I am headed well it’s not comfortable at all, in fact I think I have spent more time crying the last 2 weeks than I would care to admit……..why is that? Why don’t I want people to know that I am weak? There are things being revealed in this process that I don’t like at all……..some of it even comes from my ancestors and unless I break the patterns my children will struggle with the very same things….insecurities that I cover with anger, bad habits & envy that keep me focused on something other than God……
The rooting out of the stuff that crowds God out is painful……and I dislike this pain allot……..but it’s necessary for a time……..
I heard this song on Sunday and I can’t help but share it……I’m doing allot of crying out to Jesus these days…..I pray that it encourages you!