Living a life of love also means being able to be flexible! It means that we develop the ability to easily move with the “flow.” The flow of the Holy Spirit guides you in and out between people and circumstances, and God continuously develops and tests our character in relations to others.
God builds us every day to become more like Him, by navigating us around. His plan is for us to be so flexible that we don’t hang on to anything in this material world. Can we go anywhere? Can we get along with everybody? Can we live anywhere? Can we take any treatment from anybody? Can we trust God to supply everything we need?
God is testing our level of pride, thankfulness, and willingness in our lives, to show us our hearts, so we can live in repentance, humility, and love on a continuous basis.
Being a Christian includes willingness to have our hearts “X-ray’ed” by the Holy Spirit, so He can build the right kind of strength, which is humility, into us.
In the beginning of our walk with God we may react out of anger toward God, when He shows us our weaknesses, but as we pass the tests, one by one, we learn to love His correction that sets us free.
The love for earthly things is different in all of us. Most people have things they would rather not want to give up to God. And the Holy Spirit is gentle; He doesn’t strip us all at once, but does so gradually, because He knows how weak we are. His goal is to set us completely free from any idol in our lives that takes a higher position than God, and our love for God.
“Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.” 1. John 2:15-17 NLT
An idol is basically anything we have come to consider more important than God. It could be anything from people, possessions, career, feelings, needs – anything we hold on to, or attach ourselves to, as a source of comfort, knowingly or unknowingly. Why is this cleansing so important? It is because these things make us stagnate in our growth, rather than being flexible, and they will hinder our walk in love.
That is why we need the Holy Spirit. When we yield to his gentle voice, He will point out those things for us. Ask the Holy Spirit if you have quenched His voice in your life when He has tried to discipline you.
If so, simply repent, and surrender your life anew.
Copyright©2007 Edwin & Sophia Christiaan