For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:7
Many churches today do not even understand the purpose or power of the Spirit of God, which is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. They either minimize it, or convolute it. And there are movements today within churches that do not even have anything to do with the Spirit–they are full of rationalism, man’s wisdom, philosophies and theologies and logic.
But it wasn’t so in the New Testament church. The Book of Acts, in fact, the entire Bible, is written at the 8th grade level. Their words are words of action, not lengthy, complex structures of how church and relationships within it should work.
Following the death of Jesus, his followers assembled in an upper room and prayed for 10 days for the promise of the Fathers (Acts chapter 1). The Day of Pentecost, a Jewish holiday which brought thousands of Jews to Jerusalem came upon them and God chose this day to pour out His Spirit upon men. They spoke in other tongues as the spirit gave utterance, and they were given POWER to do the works of God.
The Holy Ghost, which is the Spirit of Jesus Christ, is the overriding force that should pervade everything we do as Christians. Everything flows from the Spirit. One receives the Spirit of God the same way they did in the Book of Acts. Pray and seek, and God will pour His Spirit upon you with power and the evidence of speaking in other tongues.
The Spirit has 9 fruits that are important to understand. If there is a doctrine, a theology, a logic that does not exhibit these fruits, it is not of God. Jesus said, “By their fruits, you shall know them.” If your doctrine lacks love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness (submission), temperance (self-control), then it is not of Jesus Christ.
Marriage is intended by God to exhibit fruit. Not just the fruit of children, but the fruit of the Spirit. Marriage is intended to be a joyful thing for both man and woman. Are you good to your spouse? Are you showing them the agape love of Jesus Christ? Do you treat them as your co-heir in salvation? Men, are you portraying Christ to your wife, not only commitment, but affection and high esteem? Are you kind, loving, caring, compassionate toward her? Do you value her as a person, as your helper? Wives, are you showing your husband a meek and quiet spirit? Do you honor and respect him and reverence him? Are you gentle toward your spouse? Do you exhibit self-control in how you respond to them? What kind of value do you place on them?
Marriage is not intended by God to be merely an obligation that we fulfill. It’s meant to be more than just an outlet for our sexuality. The Bible says “Rejoice with the wife of your youth.” It’s intended to be a joyful companionship where each fulfills the role God intends for them, filled with agape love for each other. Domination and control doesn’t bring joy; drudgery and complaint doesn’t bring joy. It is our Christian duty to do everything we can to bring joy and love to our partner, and to show them HIGH ESTEEM.
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