I have good news for you! Even if you follow your feelings and has even become part of your character to do so, this is not who you really are from the creation and in your new creation; for what you do, does not tell who you really are.
As a Christian, you have been crucified with Christ already (Gal 2:20) and the old is gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
This is the truth about you from the moment you accepted Jesus. The Fruit of the Spirit is already in you.
This is now your true identity! The flesh is just a programmed character, but it is not the true you. For those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh (and the old nature) with its passion and desires (Gal 5:24).
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God gave you emotions. Part 13
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Galatians 5: 22-25
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,Gentleness, self- control.
Against such there is no law.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit
(Long-suffering can also be translated as patience)
You need a re-programming if you have a negative behavior as a Christian, but the negative behavior is not you! And because this is no longer you, you do not have to walk after the flesh either, as if the old nature is still in your life.
Your old life is dead, and, your life is now hidden in Christ in God, therefore you do not have to walk as if you were still in your old nature and under its dominion.
You are no longer a slave to sin, but you have been justified, you are under righteousness, so do not let these old things any longer rule over you.
You are free, so walk in your freedom and be not a salve under the law again which will lead you to sin. Because you are righteous and holy, and your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, so use now your body as a servant or instrument of righteousness, and go and sin no more.
What I have said now is not my words, I actually just quoted Paul. (See Rom 6, Galatians 5 and Colossians 1 and 3)
Rooted in Christ!
Col. 2: 4-10
“4. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.
- For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
- Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
- rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
- See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
- For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
- and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. “
When we see who we are in Christ and our true identity, and are being rooted in this, we will no longer be led by our negative emotions.
God is not primarily focused on our sins, but to show us who we really are in Him. He wants us to be rooted in who we really are.
This is very important: Being rooted in who we really are in Christ will cause us to not sin, because it will also help us to see that we are loved and accepted by God!