What really is the basis for Christianity? Isn’t it love…love for God and love for others. We can’t have love without salvation and can’t have salvation without love because God placed Himself on the cross in human flesh.
Real love honors others more than themselves. This does not mean we throw ourselves into the jaws of narcissists. Love examines how our actions and reactions are going to affect other people, will it hurt them and if so we need to stop before we proceed to say or do anything. Love does not act out in a self absorbed way claiming you have a right to do and say whatever you please in spite of how damaging it will be.
If we love God the last thing we want to do is please our flesh or give into it. Do our words or actions edify or tear down? If we are flaunting our flesh- it is resurrecting our flesh which Jesus crucified on the cross. This would mean Jesus died a meaningless death for those who act upon their sin nature rather than the power of God’s Holy Spirit to have self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
It is idolization to exalt oneself above God. How does one do that? They disobey Him and live out their own selfish ways. It’s called pride.
Next time you feel your flesh uprising, remember that we as believers are not just accountable to ourselves but to others and to God. If we don’t care how our behaviors affect others then we are in a state of rebellion against God.
Did God excuse Moses when he hit the rock twice in anger. No he didn’t, there was no promise land for him. Moses could have argued and said look at all the good I’ve done for these people, but he didn’t because he knew his anger controlled his heart and it was sin.
I Corinthians 1-13 (KJV) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.