Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Spiritual Stability

Stability is a quality we Christians expect and admire  in our political and spiritual leaders and it’s a quality we desire for our own selves.

Spiritual stability is based, not on how we are affected by our circumstances; but on our relationship with Christ and with one another. 

Spiritual stability, as well as humble accountability with one another,  will help protect harmony and success in our homes and  churches.  

Spiritual stability and unity are reoccurring concerns in the Bible. In John 15 Jesus likens Himself to a grape vine and Christians as branches in that vine. He teaches that we, the branches, must live in spiritual  union with Him to produce the Fruit of the Spirit, described in Galatians 5:22-23.

In John 17 we read  Jesus’  final prayer for His disciples. His primary concern is that we His Church reflect the same love and unity for one another  which God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit experience as a Trinity.  That same unity ought to be the goal in every Christian marriage and every local church.

In Romans 12:3-10 and I Corinthians 12:12-27 Paul emphasizes the importance of the unity of His Church and likens that unity to the members of our body. Physical health is experienced as each member and organ of our body fulfill their functions together unhindered and in harmony. So spiritual health in a church is enjoyed  when each member of that church is surrendered to Christ and living in love, joy and harmony with every other member; each bearing the Fruit of the Spirit and fulfilling their spiritual gifts. Such churches are equipped and are actively fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission.

DISRUPTIVE  DISHARMONY 

Discord is deadly to a church, as is false doctrine. That’s why Jesus, as well as Paul, dealt with it often.  

In the fourth chapter of Philippians, Paul kindly, but directly confronts  two influential women in the church, Euodias and Syntyche; two women who had been of great help to Paul in the past.  Now they were at odds with one another and were thus affecting the unity of the Body of Christ in Philippi. These two influential Christian ladies, no doubt, led opposing factions in the church.

The problem between them was not false doctrine.  If that had been the case, the Apostle Paul would have taken sides by identifying the one promoting false doctrine and correcting her.

No, the problem between these women was not false doctrine.  Rather, the problem was  pride, selfishness and lack of humility.   Each woman was insistent on having her own way, counting her opinion more important than the unity of Christ. The sad thing about this is that these two women had worked together with Paul in establishing the Philippian Church; but in their enthusiasm and sacrifice, they had locked horns over the best way to  accomplish the Lord’s work.  Their discord was beginning to affect the entire church.

HOW THEN CAN WE ENJOY HARMONY WITH BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST?

When Christians are in fellowship with Christ, they  bear the fruit of the Spirit.  Without a bitter, vicious judgmental spirit, they experience a personal, honest, loving involvement and humble accountability with one another,  thus protecting the peace and  harmony in their local church, Such churches, working together, can grow in spiritual stability and thus fulfill Christ’s Great Commission.

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January 23, 2010 - Posted by | Philippians

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