KEY SCRIPTURE: Philippians 4:5 KJV” Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand”.
I watched a video in which an evangelist preaching at a market, insulted a man who offended him. I asked, why should a preacher of the gospel be so vulgar, even at the point of delivering the word of God? Many of us Christians are not patient with one another at various points. This occurs mostly in our homes. It is also, at times worse on the road when Christians motorists can’t be patient with other motorists. You would be surprised to find a Christian raining insults on another motorist because he made a mistake. Get to some hospitals, and a Christian nurse may mishandle a helpless patient.
Our key scripture says, be moderate with all men, for the Lord is at hand. The spirit of the Christian is a moderate and tender spirit: that is our nature. Take some moments to consider the nature of the spirit who has taken over our being. (Galatians 5:22_23) The problem of most of us is that, we have not become conscious of our true personality. Dear child of God, you ceased to be Mr. Y, or Madam B, from the day you gave your life to Christ. You became Christ Mr. B, or Christ Madam Y. Living that sweet, beautiful life of Christ is not strange to us. That is who we are. Christ has taken an abode in us.
Please, just consider what the Holy Spirit admonishes us in Ephesians 4:24 KJV “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”. There is a new man of love, a new man in us who has the ability to be patient. It is his nature to be considerate with all persons. He is very gentle and patient. Many homes of Christians are unnecessarily burning up. This ought not be so. Allow the new man, the Christ in you to lead and control affairs of your life, and your home and others you relate with will glorify God for your sake. The Lord is at hand.
It is Christ alive in me. I am kind, gentle, considerate, sincere and loving. I bring joy and peace wherever I go because the Spirit of Christ is the one that controls me. I have control over my temper and my words.
Colossians 3:12-14 KJV Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.