Hello Readers & Followers,
Thank God It's Friday. How are you doing today? Apologies for the delay in sharing this week's post with you. Today, I will be focusing on the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I'd like to ask you a question, do you feel that it's easier for you to exhibit your spiritual gifts than to walk in the fruit of the Spirit?
In case you are wondering what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are, please check 1 Corinthians 12 (Wisdom, knowledge for the purpose of building up believers, gifts of healing, the power to do miracles, the ability to prophesy, the ability to speak different kinds of languages that are not known before, and many more) while the fruit of the Holy Spirit can be found in Galatians 5:22-23 (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control).
From my observation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit tend to receive accolades and attentions than the fruit of the Spirit which shouldn't be as both are important to God. Actually, Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:20-23 that: "not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. On the last day, some will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, we spoke for you, we prophesised in your name, we forced out demons in your name, we did many miracles in your name and then I will say to them plainly, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!"
Sometimes some believers operate the gifts of God whilst gratifying the desires of the flesh that are not pleasing to God. Have you ever seen someone preached a powerful sermon, yet he is keeping malice with his wife? Have you ever seen a praying woman of God yet she is incredibly rude to others through her words or she easily gets angry? Have you ever seen someone that has God's anointing coupled with supernatural strength yet the person is committing sin? This is not God's desire for anyone. Let me remind you about Samson, we can learn a few things from his life. He committed sin and remained in sin while being used by God. Little did Samson know that the devil was luring him to a place of no return. Samson eventually lost his strength and purpose in life as he did not walk in the fruit of the Spirit.
You may be wondering why a Christian is able to operate in their spiritual gifts whilst living a sinful life or exhibiting non Christlike Character. Permit me to say, God gives His gifts to whomever He wants and however He wants; He gives as He wishes (1 Corinthians 12:10-12). However, God's desire is for His children to be cleansed from unrighteousness so that you and I can be a vessel unto honour (2 timothy 2:14-26).
Living a life that is fruitful is the will of our heavenly Father for His children. Exhibiting the character of Christ shows a transformed life. Are you ready to keep doing the things that will please your heavenly Father? Are you going to choose to daily die to selfish desires and selfish will so as to obey Christ?
Have a lovely weekend!
- Mysses Lafunky