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MY RELATIONSHIP STRATEGY (PART 9)

Love Love Love

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STOP HATING ON ONE ANOTHER

God commands us to love one another.  Love our neighbor as ourself.  Love is what God is, and what we ought to be.  It is beautifully described in (1 Corinthians 13), and told out in all its fullness at the cross of Calvary.  There is nothing more important in this world than love. If we could only take the time and fill our thoughts with what this statement means in our lives, I am certain that we can have a change of heart about how we really fell about each other.  There is to much hate in this world and not enough love.

We know that hatred, envy, jealousy, and all evil thinking against our fellowman is the works of the flesh.  If anyone of us is led by the Spirit, we then are lifted above the flesh and we become occupied with the Lord.  When we are occupied with the Lord, our thoughts are no longer centered on the things of the flesh and the evil spirits of hatred, envy and jealousy will not entered into the Spirit of the Lord.

We as believers must lift our thoughts above the flesh and walk in the Spirit.  To walk in the Spirit is to allow  God to have His way.  it is to remain in communion with Him.  It is to make decisions in the light of His holiness.  It is to be occupied with Christ, because the Spirit’s ministry is to engage the believer with the Lord Jesus.  When we thus walk in the Spirit, the flesh, or self-life, is treated as dead.  We cannot be occupied at the same time with Christ and with sin.

The Spirit and the flesh are in constant conflict.  God could have removed the fleshly nature from believers at the time of their conversion, but He did not choose to do so.  Why?  He wanted to keep them continually reminded of their own weakness; to keep them continually dependent on Christ, their Priest and Advocate; and to cause them to praise unceasingly the One who saved such worms.  Instead of removing the old nature, God gave us His own Holy Spirit to indwell us.  God’s Spirit and our flesh are perpetually at war, and will continue to be at war until we are taken home to heaven.  The believer’s part in the conflict is to yield to the Spirit.

Scofield describes it this way, he says, “the problem of the Christian life is based on the fact that so long as the Christian lives in the world he is, so to speak, two trees — the old tree of the flesh, and the new tree of the divine nature implanted by the new birth, and the problem itself is, how to keep barren the old tree and to make fruitful the new tree.  The problem is solved by walking in the Spirit.”

In Romans 12:2, the Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  In other words think on the things of the Holy Spirit and not on the things of the flesh.  Let our minds be filled with the Spirit of Love and not the Spirit of hatred.

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