Bible Passage:Gal 5:25-26
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
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The Apostle earlier reckoned among the works of the flesh heresy and envy, and pronounced sentence against those who are envious, and who - are authors of sects, that they would not inherit the kingdom of God. And now again he reproves those which provoke and envy one another. He takes occasion here again to inveigh against that execrable vice of pride, which was the cause of the troubles that were in all the churches of Galatia, and has been always most pernicious and hurtful to the whole Church of Christ. When this poison creeps into the church or Christ's kingdom, it cannot be expressed how hurtful it is. For here there is no contention about learning, wit, beauty, riches, kingdoms, empires, and such; but concerning salvation or damnation, eternal life or eternal death. Therefore Paul earnestly exhorts ministers of the Word to flee this vice, saying, "If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." For where the Spirit is, He renews men, and works in them new motions, that is to say, whereas they were before egotistical, wrathful, and envious, He makes them now humble, gentle, and patient. Such men seek not their own glory, but the glory of God. They do not provoke one another, but in giving honor lead one another. On the other hand, those who are hungry for glory, and envy one another, may boast that they have the Spirit, but they deceive themselves; they follow the flesh and the works thereof.
So may they live to Thee alone;
Then hear the welcome word, "Well done!"
And take their crown above;
Enter into their Master's joy,
And all eternity employ
In praise, and bliss, and love.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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