Monday, May 16, 2011

Are You A Carnal Christian?

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
I Corinthians 3:3

Carnal:  pertaining to or characterized by the flesh or the body, its passions and appetites; sensual: carnal pleasures.

Is there strife and divisions between you and your husband, friends, or family?  Do you still argue?  According to Scripture, this means that you are still carnal.  On the other hand, walking in the Spirit looks like this:  "the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."

So examine yourself and make sure that you are in the faith.  Does Romans 7 describe the way you live your life (as a carnal Christian) or does Romans 8 (your new life in Christ)?  Remember "you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you." 

Speak truth to yourself, God's truth, and get to work on that heavenly marriage and/or healthy relationships with friends and family where peace and gentleness exists and gives an example to a dark world what Christ can do for any relationship.  Teach your children this when they are young.  It will make life much more peaceful for them and serve them well.