If your desire is to have the qualities listed in 5:22-23, then you know that the Holy Spirit is leading you. At the same time, be careful not to confuse your subjective feelings with the Spirit’s leading. Being led by the Holy Spirit involves the desire to hear, the readiness to obey God’s Word, and the sensitivity to discern between your feelings and His promptings. Live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit. Then the words of Christ will be in your mind, the love of Christ will be behind your actions, and the power of Christ will help you control your selfish desires.
Questions for further thought:
1. When my feelings amp up and they cause me to react, what do I use as a barometer to see if I am responding correctly?
2. Do I see my actions primarily controlled by feelings? Why or why not?
Challenge: Take time to look at your human relationships and your relationship with the Lord and discern whether they are governed by feelings or by God’s truth.
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