KEY SCRIPTURE: James 3:17 KJV “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without HYPOCRISY”.
Our key scripture describes the character of a true Christian. It is a description of one with a sweet spirit. The opposite nature is one with a critical spirit. Such a one is an antagonist. He or she is normally on the offensive. An antagonist always seeks for faults to accuse others and easily find faults with others. He is a very difficult person to relate with. The common denominator about any such critical person is that people do not stay around him or may shun him. They also don’t have a peaceful heart. Any Christian with such an attitude is on his way to hell. He or she is under the influence of the adversary who is the master of all those with an antagonistic spirit.
In this study we are now considering more about the man with a sweet spirit. The Bible says such a person operates with a heavenly wisdom. The first mark of one with a sweet spirit is purity. Purity simply means a heart that has not been tainted by the flesh. Purity is also something which has got to do with meditating on holy things. Holiness of life is just an outward expression of a heart that dwells on pure things. A man with a sweet spirit is a man of purity. The second trait of a person with a sweet spirit is that he is a man of peace. This state of peace is more about a peaceful relationship with others. It does not mainly refer to peace in the heart of that individual, although every man who lives at peace with others is a man with a peaceful heart.
To be a peaceful man, it calls for a great deal of selflessness. Rom 12:18 KJV” If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”. It is this attitude of peace with people that makes him a man of a sweet spirit. Being at peace with people does not mean subjecting yourself to every stupid action, without expressing your stands, but being objective, yet on your part you do not become over burdening. Dear child of God, this is God ‘s expectation of you. It is the best way to live, for you attract others of the same disposition towards yourself.
I have a sweet spirit. I delight in that which is upright and pure. I live at peace with all men. I attract to myself people of a similar disposition. I have a very great life of peace that makes a positive impact on many.
1 Samuel 18:4 KJV” And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle”.
Colossians 3:12 KJV” Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering”;