Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Living the Christian life through the Holy Spirit.

Many people regard the Christian life as a set of rules to be obeyed, or a list of things that we shouldn't do or are prohibitted; but Paul regarded the christian life as a outward showing of character to please the Living God!

When Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4, He clearly states that he writes with the authority of God. This means through Gods Spirit. In fact, Paul did almost everything through the Spirit of God.
What I think we are called to do as well, like Paul, is act through the Holy Spirit. What I mean is that in everything we do, everything we say, write and act, we should do in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Through the Holy Spirit we can do anything...
Romans 8:14 (For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God...)

Paul, in this letter, was not condescending nor was he laying down the rules, but rather the writing is encouraging. Exactly how we as Christians need to be to fellow children of God.
Encourage those who look for guidance and encourage those in faith in Jesus.
The more we conform to the image of Christ on a daily basis, the more we become like Him and the closer our relationship becomes with our Lord.
When we form a relationship with other christian believers, we tend to understand them more as we share the same beliefs. But Paul calls us here to have the same relationship with non-christian believers.
We are called to love more and more and if you think you are 'loving enough', then live some more, this includes everyone, not just christian believers.
Paul also calls us to be quiet in our ways. What this means is that someone who is always 'here and there' or is constantly on the move. Often people like this become a bother to others, often getting in their way, but if we quieten down a bit, listen more than we talk, we are able to pick up things/thoughts spoken by others and act upon them if required and we will also be able to hear God speak to us more.

A Christian who strives to be at peace with himself and God will be a source of peace to his fellow human beings. Such quietude constitutes a practical demonstration of love for others.

Opinions: I would love to hear your opinions on this. What do you struggle with when it comes to living through the Holy Spirit?

Reading: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thes%204:1-12&version=NLT

I found this snippet of Joyce Meyer which was quite interesting. Its titled Living a simple Christian life. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjmljk_snippet-living-a-simple-christian-life_people

God Bless you today

Tomorrow we will talk about receiving the Holy Spirit.

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