I am studying the book of 1 Corinthians, and I have been stopped in my tracks by Paul’s words, and have been doing a lot of heart searching. In the first word of chapter 3, Paul calls them Brothers, so we know they are born again. Then he goes on to tell them they are spiritually immature, acting like mere men, looking more like the world than the Christ inside of them. I have been on this journey with my Savior for 40 years and I still find myself looking more like the world than my Jesus. I beat myself up for fighting with human words instead of spiritual words. For wrestling against flesh and blood, instead of principalities and powers(Eph 6:12). I know this journey is a one day at a time journey. Asking God to lead, guide, and direct my path, my words, my attitudes, my reactions, my actions. It’s humbling myself to the direction of the Holy Spirit. It’s repenting quickly and not lingering in the sin or shame of messing up. And that asking, humbling, and repenting, will happen every day of my life until Christ comes back or God takes me home. I love when God stirs the scriptures to change me. It is because of His great love for us that He disciplines us and draws us to His heart.
For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Thank you for Your Holy Word, Lord.