God has called every Disciple of His to walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and we are to be a Godly example to others in our Words, Conduct, Love, Spirit, Faith, and Purity! He wants us to live in such a way that the light of our Spiritual Fruits will shine so brightly, that men will see our good works and as a result glorify our Father in Heaven.
To do this we have to strive daily to be filled with His Spirit! As I Timothy 4:8 says, we, by abiding with Jesus Christ, should exercise ourselves daily in godliness and watching what we think (Philippians 4:8 and Proverbs 23:7) is very important because the example we set is directly influenced by the forces (thoughts) we allow to influence and mold our hearts, minds, and souls. Solomon, the wisest man of his day, was inspired by God to offer a very serious warning to all Christians. In Proverbs 4:23 we are commanded to keep or guard our hearts and minds with all diligence because this is where the character of our life is determined! It begins with us asking God for discernment so we can test and try the spirits so we are not deceived or conformed to the dictates of the world around us. (I John 4:1) These evil, unseen forces seek to get us to live the opposite of God’s will for us as put forth in the Scriptures.
There is no question that the quality of our spiritual life is dependent on what we feed our minds. As true disciples we should daily examine what influences we are letting control our minds. What are we reading, watching on TV, and the Internet? What type of music do we listen to? Is it Godly and uplifting? Does it promote a life of Purity and Godly living? What kind of friends are we associating with? The Bible clearly addresses this issue and its importance in I Corinthians 15:33, “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Our friends can influence us either for good Spiritual purposes or for bad, ungodly, purposes. What would our Savior think about how we feed our minds, and what we think about?
Every individual can pray and ask our Heavenly Father for a spirit of Wisdom and Discernment (James 1:5) so we are able to protect ourselves from the Enemy of Our Souls and his deliberate and determined efforts to destroy our morals and undermine our dedication to, and faith in Our Great Creator God.
Following God is a choice we make every day of our lives. His desire is that we choose His way, trusting Him that it is best for us. The book of Ecclesiastes very clearly guides us to the purpose for which we should conduct our lives and why. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 says that the conclusion, when all has been heard is: “Fear God and keep His commandments, this is the whole duty of every man, for God will bring every act into judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” One day we all will give account for the thoughts we think and for the way we talk to and about others and the way we treat other people.
Brethren, always strive to follow after those words and actions that create peace and will edify and build up other people. Be kind and gentle to one another with brotherly love in honor preferring one another. This is how we demonstrate to our Heavenly Father that we are following Him wholeheartedly. If we say we love Him then we will make every effort to perform His will in all areas of our daily relationships. The message our Eternal Creator wants us to grasp is very very clear whether you are reading in the Old Testament or the New Testament. “Love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Each day we choose to love God by speaking to Him and listening to Him through our quiet times of prayer and feeding upon His precious Holy Words. In these times of special devotion we show our Creator that we Love, Reverence, and Fear Him and that we are Fully Devoted to Him.
Our Heavenly Father notices each day whether we find time to meet with Him in prayer and the study of His Word. He knows those who follow Him fully! Determine today to always live your life as Caleb did. He was able to say in Joshua 14:8. “I follow my God wholeheartedly.” God himself gave the following testimony about Caleb’s life in Numbers 14:24, “My servant Caleb has a different spirit and Follows Me Wholeheartedly.” What higher legacy or eulogy could be rendered about one’s time here on earth? What will our Father in Heaven say about your walk with Him and love for others on that day when you meet Him face to face? Examine yourselves in light of the following scriptures, which when applied will fill your heart with a deep and abiding fruit of love!
Biblical exhortations, when practiced, will lead to peace and unity:
1) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Romans 12:10a
2) Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10b
3) Serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
4) Carry one another’s burdens. Galatians 6:2
5) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21
6) Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances or problems you may have against one another. Colossians 3:13
7) Encourage one another and build each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11
Brethren, God has given us His living and powerful Word to transform our character into the Christlikeness He desires we walk in. Make every effort to do what Colossians 3:16 commands: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.” This is the only way to develop the Godly character qualities of love, gentleness, kindness, and forgiveness toward all. Study, meditate upon and apply the following powerful inspired words of our Lord in the days ahead and watch them transform your life with the help of God’s Holy Spirit.
12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14) And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
19) Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20) Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21) Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
22) Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
23) And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24) Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.