“Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:11.
“This wisdom descended not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:15-18.
“It is not the opposition of the world that endangers us the most; it is the evil cherished in the hearts of professed believers that works our most grievous disaster and most retards the progress of God’s cause. There is no surer way of weakening our spirituality than by being envious, suspicious of one another, full of fault finding and evil surmising. Harmony and union existing among men of varied dispositions is the strongest witness that can be borne that God has sent His Son into the world to save sinners. It is our privilege to bear this witness. But, in order to do this, we must place ourselves under Christ’s command. Our characters must be moulded in harmony with His character, our wills must be surrendered to His will. Then we shall work together without a thought of collision.” –Testimony Treasures, vol. 3, p. 246.
Questions to think about:
Do we understand that if we are weak spiritually, we will be envious, suspicious of one another, full of fault finding and evil surmising?
Do we realise that we must place ourselves under Christ’s command?
Are we really willing our characters be moulded in harmony with Christ character?