“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds the promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
To be “godly” is to have piety, or reverence for God. I love the word reverence. It means to have deep respect for someone or something. In my stride towards a better body + mind + spirit, there are many things I want to be reverent of, and my spirituality takes precedence.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, I have the Holy Spirit living in me. It’s this divine Spirit dwelling within that illuminates my understanding of the Word of God…It gives me a deep sense of who I am, why I am here, and where I am going. Scripture says, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Cor. 2:14 NIV).
I may sound like a fool, but at least there’s an explanation.
I was thinking about my spirit and the Holy Spirit today. I thought about what it means for the Spirit to live inside me. How that changes things, if it changes things at all.
From experience, the closer I draw towards the Lord, meaning seeking Him through prayer, and learning about Him through His Word, the more I am filled with the Spirit. The result is an overflowing flood of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
The thing is…how often am I really all of those things? I consider myself a decent person, but I can honestly say that I am naturally not any of those things, at least not genuinely. However, I find that when I am being “filled” with the Spirit, my mindset changes. Loving becomes a verb, not just a feeling. I find joy when I don’t feel happy. I have a sense of peace when things may seem chaotic.
Over all, the more the Spirit lives in me, the better a person I am.
Which is a sad fact to realize when you see how many of us Christians are displaying a lot more hate, haste, and hostility…How is our spiritual health? What do our cores look like? Under the masks and facades, are we quenching the Spirit?
After listing the fruits of the Spirit, Paul says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:24-25).
My steps may trail off time and time again, but may they always wander back in step with the Spirit.
If you missed my first post about this segment (body + mind + spirit) click here to read it.