The difference between we who belong to God and those who don’t is the decision and action to NOT live only by what we feel .
Jesus, whilst in human flesh, desired what was wrong but decided NOT to do it.
Luke 22 : 41 – 44 NLT
He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him.He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
He showed us the difference between those who live by the Spirit and those who live by the flesh. He immediately retorted His fleshly desire by saying
“Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.” This is it! That’s the clear difference between one who lives for God and one who doesn’t.
We will STILL be hit with desires to do what is wrong and at times may fall victim to it. There are various examples in the Bible regarding people of God, who in moments of weaknesses, fell prey to their emotions. The choice to remain downcast is ours because God is a redeemer, His mercy is new every morning. The key difference between us who live for God and those who don’t is what WE CHOOSE to do with those wrong desires!
Don’t buy into the lie that once you become saved you become an angel with perfect traits!!
You’ll find yourself in a never ending guilty streak, always questioning your salvation. We strive towards perfection, but it doesn’t mean that we are perfect. We only become perfect when we graduate into our true life with Christ, after our earthly life. This particular statement was said to me many times and it literally kept me stuck in a cycle – “if you are born of God, you don’t have desires for what is wrong anymore, if you do, you need to check and see if you are really saved because there’s something wrong with you”.
Unless the people who make this statement are angels or God Himself, this statement itself is not true even for themselves. Anger, jealousy, covetousness, lust, revenge, hatred, un-forgiveness are all but a few of the things WE ALL FEEL at different times THROUGHOUT the ENTIRETY of our lives, SAVED OR NOT.
These thoughts and feelings try to take room in our minds and hearts. They could come as a flash or as a persistent issue when we find ourselves confronting something difficult. Our position as children of Christ is to put them in subjection under Christ and choose Christ’s reaction to them over our own fleshly reaction (which is to give in to them). And we do have the power to do this! We have Christ living inside us!!!
Paul himself spoke about this battle between our flesh and spirit.
Romans 7 : 21 – 25 NLT
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
As long as we live in these bodies and on this earth, this is our daily battle till we meet our father in eternity. Quoting Paul in the above scripture – “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord!” …..and as we all know, nothing is impossible for the one who puts their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus.
We can and will do what is right irrespective of our feelings! We are in this together!