Note..This is a little longer than normal , but if our up to it..
Anyway, it was actually freedom that I've been musing over this past week.. how it appears as if it's on a slippery slope? I'd also been reflecting over Pentecost and wondered if anyone dreamed such fracturing..so much schism and division would ever occurr within the Body of Christ like this? Do you think the political landscape is merely a reflection?
But we've certainly been given a picture of oneness in regard to Pentecost, wouldn't you agree?
I guess I want to pose a question..have we been conditioned to rely on organizations and not truly on faith (first)?
I've noticed when people are encouraged to looks towards or become dependant on outside sources, how often it then becomes necessary to be cajoled into things i.e., volunteerism for instance.. almost obligatory? In other words, instead of being motivated by our hearts anymore- long been an American strength, (as a result of freedom) it rather ends up that we somehow have to be coaxed into things?
There can't be only a few who've noticed a moral break down though (in society as a whole) which parallels this phenomena- in regard to the fracturing or division I'd mentioned above? Still somehow, I'm reminded in 1 Co 1: 24 "But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged" ?
Government in biblical thought is not just civil government. In fact, civil government is the least important aspect of government. Government is first that of the individual to govern himself.
Temperance, in modern English, usually refers only to restraint toward alcoholic beverages, but the biblical application is much broader. The Greek word, engkrateia, is the noun form of a verbal root that means "strong in a thing; strength; power; dominion; having power over; being master of." Its true biblical application, then, is synonymous with "self-mastery" or "self-control."
I happen to think 1 Co 1:24 blends in quite nicely with the Fruit of the Spirit in Ga 5:23.. But remember now (against such things, there is no law)!
The list begins with "love" and ends with "self-control/temperance." Did Paul arrange this list in this order because it takes love to precipitate all the other characteristics, and if a person truly walks in the Spirit, the fruit will culminate in temperance?
Possibly, but understood this way, self-control is not the least of the fruit of the Spirit but a major goal..
Bible Tools..(check out blitzkrieg" warfare)
I think the goal of Scripture is to get us to eventually rely on God first~
Anyway, I'm leaving you with a few more selected verses that I felt, offers us a solution..after all, it's the good news right?
1 Co 2:1-5 "And when I came to you brethren, I did not come to you with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God..For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified".
"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2- He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped..took on “the form of a bond servant.
1 Co 1:30-"But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption"