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To be spiritual is to walk in genuine love. Anything outside that isn’t spirituality in the Christian sense. You could speak in tongues and even give charity without love… Those could be religion but not spirituality! In the Christian sense, to be spiritual is to walk in the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit is to walk in love. The Bible says
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“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” – John 13:35
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There is so much hate in the world, a clear picture that Satan has influence in this present world because hate is from him. There is so much selfishness too, people trying to live only for their own gain. Selfless acts seem like things we only read from fairly tales, it seem impossible because many aren’t walking in love but in flesh. The bible says that when we walk in the flesh we gratify the desires of the flesh and manifest hatred, envy, selfishness and so on but when we walk in the Spirit we manifest the fruits of the Spirit in us.
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This happens when we walk in love. To walk in love doesn’t mean to wait till we are caught up in a realm we have no control over and maybe we get possessed by something that starts forcing us to do what we don’t want to do. To walk in love begins with making the choice to love regardless! When you read 1 Corinthians 13, you’ll understand that to walk in the Spirit is to walk in love. If walking in the Spirit isn’t something we do intentionally, the word of God would have asked us to walk in the Spirit since we can’t make a choice not to! In 1 Corinthians 13 we’d see people can make sacrifices and give all they have and yet do it without love! Anytime we do something with the motive of what we stand to gain, it’s not love but business. Love isn’t based on any condition, it is selfless in its purest form.
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This is why there can be giving without love but there can’t be love without giving. People can commit suicide when there partner die not because of love but because of fear of being alone! Love will choose to live for the course! People can give for what they hope to receive in return but love gives because it’s interest is on making a life better and on solving a need. We can’t overemphasize this… There is no way to truly show we are God’s when we do not walk in love.
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To walk in the Spirit is different from living in the Spirit, I might do a teaching on that soon but let me explain here. Every believer in Christ Jesus lives in the Spirit without our own efforts or intentions! Once we believed, we started living in the Spirit as the bible says anyone who believes receives eternal life which is Zoe, the life giving Spirit (John 3:16). However, we work out our salvation because God works in us. This time it takes effort, we strife to show who we already are. The Bible says in Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” And this is how we know we are either walking in the flesh or the Spirit as the Bible says
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“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:19-23
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We are known by our fruits. We can’t really agree a tree that produced orange fruit is a mango tree just because it looks like one. When you look at the above verse you can judge for yourself how faithful you have been with the life of God that you received. Yes, it’s okay to judge ourselves with the word and repent from the things we aren’t getting right. We do not love because it’s convenient but because that’s who we are. Sometimes it’s not convenient to be a man anymore with all the pressures and responsibilities! Sometimes it seem inconvenient to be a woman because of the responsibilities they are faced with!
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I remember telling God when I was very little and faced with challenges peculiar to human “why didn’t you make me a chicken? So I’d just die and that’s the end!”… But that we aren’t convenient with our realities doesn’t mean we have to escape that reality! Believe me, in this flesh people can annoy you so much that you want to stab them to death! People can disappoint you so much that you want to give up on them! You partner can wrong you that you might want to divorce him or her… It may be inconvenient to forgive and let go because the flesh is weak and manifests weakness but you are not the flesh, you can’t let the house that perish dictate how you live! Now you see why you must walk in the Spirit? Because that is who you are! God is love and if we have His life we are love! No wonder the bible says
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“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” – Romans 5:5
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You need to understand one more time that walking in the Spirit isn’t walking in the Holy Spirit. Well, I’d like to explain what I meant by that. Yes, we are empowered of the Holy Spirit but the Spirit we have received as believers is of God and has the exact quality of God. In it is contained godly virtues. Now, when we walk in the Spirit, we are moving as us. To walk requires effort, to live may not require effort. If you live in the United States that’s fine, it didn’t require an effort because you were probably born there or something else but to walk into your office, into your house, into the church and so on requires your own intent and will power! You ought to get up and start walking! Now when the Bible talks about walking in the Spirit it is encouraging us to put up effort despite the inconvenience to walk in the reality of who we are, to express our true nature so that people can really identify us truly. To walk in the flesh as a believer is to live a lie!
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We are talking about your born again Spirit here and not the Holy Spirit. Yes, your Spirit is one with the Holy Spirit but your Spirit is your Spirit and the real you. Only you have the right to live out this Spirit. For instance the Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:6-7 “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” No look at that very well, the Spirit it talked about wasn’t the Holy Spirit but their own Spirit which they received from the point of salvation.
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This Spirit isn’t that of timidity but of power, love and sound mind! Can you see that? And you also see that even as you have received the gift of God, you play a part in stirring it up! The Good News bible says that you keep that gift alive! If you had no part to play, God wouldn’t have asked you to do that. What the Holy Spirit does is to help, teach and guide you to live out your Spirit because left on your own, you wouldn’t learn to do that! It is like a child been left without parents in the care of chimpanzees, the child will obviously live like an animal… Yet he isn’t an animal.
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Do you treat people based on how they treated you? Do you help people based on how they helped you? Do you give only when you have more than enough? Do you keep long records of what people had done wrong to you? All these are indications that you’re either walking in love or not. The love walk shouldn’t be murdered with “over-spirituality” by this I mean “over religiosity”. Love isn’t just what we say charismatically and in fact it is never what we say but what we do.
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May the Lord help our hearts to love more and more. Indeed we have been empowered to love because God’s love has been shed abroad in our heart but may we keep knowing more and more of Him so we can act more and more like Him.
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Blessings.
#GracefulGeorge

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