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A Peculiar People.
The topic of this article to an extent, will mostly seem awkward to many reading because of context and spiritual condition. The reason for that is as born-again believers we are a peculiar people. While listening to testimony from a woman I believe in Australia via youtube, I was reminded of something that I either tend to overlook or simply forget because of the rarity of such things in my day to day. Do we not live in the flesh on this Earth ? I do. I have to. My flesh is wired to seek the female creature and that’s obviously by biological design. The spirit of born-again believers is not drawn to the physical solely.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
–1 Peter 2:9
Admittedly, I have certain physical ‘preferences’ that I find more attractive than others. Just as I would presume some women may or may not have ‘ginger beard’ on their checklist. (PS -It ought to be !) Jokes aside- these physical traits that one might have, do not come close to the pull of a genuine believer who knows the Lord (In this case, I’m referencing relationships rather than the brethren). If you’ve encountered this – you just can tell. This is spiritually discerned rather than known by the flesh. This is something years back in my ‘lost condition’ that I simply would have scoffed at – just as I expect some readers to do the same. (Dodges tomatoes thrown).
I bring this observation to light to encourage others in the same position. The spirit should be pulling you towards righteousness rather than physical lusts. I’d be a liar if I didn’t battle the flesh often on the the latter. I’m also not saying that there is anything wrong with being physically attracted to someone either. You ought to be. Obviously that’s something by design, but lustful sin and carnal indulgence can ruin it. The point here is that there is evidence of the spirit being pulled to what it ought to be pulled to rather than solely being pulled in every direction by the ‘candy’ of they eyes.
On a side note- have you noticed that many who self-indulge specifically in physical desires seem to hardly be satisfied in what they seek? Or develop some sort of ‘fetish’ that turns into something most would consider extreme? Others might simply jump from one ‘encounter’ to the next looking for something never really found – until they are forced to ‘settle’? While the flesh is seemingly satisfied for but a moment, it cannot be satisfied or made whole in the long term by its indulgence due to our fallen nature. There are many who foolishly bark up the wrong tree per se, thinking once I get ‘this’ then I’ll be ‘satisfied’. This only in turn leads to the seeking of the next ‘shiny object’ or ‘carrot’ to wander to.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Works of the Flesh, Fruit of the Spirit.
I would venture to say that the average worldly person can’t understand nor would want to write off someone who may be attractive- but not in a spiritual sense. Who honestly would on their own carnal volition ? I was there at one time and was foolish at best in most of these situations in context. At this point, someone might have the looks to attract physically, but if this person is of a wicked spirit – whats the point ?
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
There is genuine beauty in a woman humbly submitted to the Lord Jesus and even in her admittance to her stumbling along the way. There is also a distinct difference between being drawn to someone in a spiritual way rather than in a way of social inclusion. IE: I’m a ‘Christian’ too. To an extent the modern ‘church’ has become something of a ‘social hour’. For some, both going to ‘church’ is simply enough. I’d have to disagree – there must be spiritual fruit. There are too many self-proclaimed with fruit bared to the contrary who regularly attend ‘church’. These reasons could be guilt, self-righteousness to be seen of men, tradition, etc.
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
–1 Corinthians 6:15-19
On the whole, I can think of no other quality that would and should take precedence. The evidence of spiritual change ought to be an encouragement to any who have seen or experienced this. Not for pride or to boast among other believers, but for evidence of fruit of the spirit that was not there prior. -MD
(Last Updated: September 9, 2018)