Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
The Spirit-filled life does not mean a problem-free life. There are two characteristics the distinguish Spirit-filled Christ followers from other Christians and unbelievers. First, they are not controlled by their circumstances and second, they refocus quickly after having sinned. Even when we meet with disappointment, our spiritual joy isn’t diminished under stress.
Anyone can be loving, kind, and self-controlled in seasons of blessing. But what happens to our attitude in trying times? The real test of who we are occurs not when things are going our way but when misfortune shows up. We learn four things when the Spirit is in charge: to love when we want to hate; to practice kindness when we are accused; to respond gently when others are harsh; and to have self-control when temptation strikes hard.
None us will do this perfectly because there is still “self” within use. But when we sin, we will respond quickly to the Spirit’s promptings by recognizing our wrong actions, confess it, and refocus on God’s ways.
If you are a Christ-follower, who is in control of your life?
Be blessed and be a blessing!