When moments become competitive or emotional or when you engage someone who is different than yourself whether it be their beliefs, their background, their ethnicity or when you feel violated, how do you react? When you are tempted to involve your mind or body towards fleshly, sinful actions, do you satisfy your desire, or do you choose to act in obedience to Christ? When you are emotionally or mentally squeezed, what comes out? Is it acidic, bitter, lustful, boisterous, satanic, or is your reaction Godly? Are your words and/or actions compassionate and merciful or insulting and belittling? You are constantly being tempted.
Life is a choice, isn’t it? The Bible in Galatians 5 gives us our choices how we behave. When squeezed, we can either choose the desires of the flesh or submit our will to God. Let’s take a look at what our choices look like:
Galatians 5,19-21, “19Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these…those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:22&23 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
One is selfish and the other is submission to God.
One is flesh and the other Spiritual.
One is the kingdom of self and the other is the Kingdom of God.
One is of the devil and the other is of God.
One is temporal and the other is eternal.
One is impure and the other is pure.
One is based on lies and deception and the other based on Truth.
One leads you to hell and the other guides you to heaven.
One is about darkness and the other is full of light.
With all the above said, never forget. Life is lived inside out. It all begins with the heart. Two quick verses will rock all of us:
Matthew 12:33, How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Proverbs 4:23, Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
When you’re squeezed, what comes out? Your choice…