Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Work, how hard is that?

John 6:27-29

28Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

29Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Galatians 5 19-23

19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21Envyings, 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.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

For some reason, when I read the word and the verse about they will know us by our works, I thought hand wringing, sweat jobs. Those are the easier jobs. The harder work is the heart.

It's easier to feed the homeless when the results and gratification come quickly.

But the works of the heart are another story. No one knows when you have bitten your tongue to keep from lashing out in anger. No gratification at that moment and it is usually an ongoing battle.

The Lord looks on the heart.

The world will notice when we walk in humility, and the peace that rests on us because we believe and have given our hearts to the Lord, walking in the fruits of the Spirit.

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