But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Before the playoffs began, I was reflecting on justice and righteousness, the foundations of God’s throne. Before I return to these thoughts on Christian social justice, I want to reinforce one key theme. I have said that we are called to create justice and righteousness in the world, and to do it, we need God’s wisdom. But how do we know when we are receiving God’s wisdom? The Bible has all the answers we need, but it gives us a variety of different examples. Jesus famously turned the money changers out of the Temple. Does that mean we create justice through expressions of righteous anger? Jesus also reached out in love to Zacchaeus, the tax collector, and made a disciple of him. Isn’t love our true calling?
How do we know when to be loving and compassionate, and when to grab a whip and do some cleansing? And how do we know when we’re doing what the Holy Spirit tells us to do? How do we know when we’re doing God’s will, and not just following our own will?
How do you know that the voice you hear speaking into your life is God’s?
I think you’ll know it because of the peace you’ll have when you’re sharing that wisdom. Have you seen people on their soapboxes sharing John 3:16, and they’re yelling? They actually think it shares Jesus to tell people, “You’re going to go to hell if you don’t believe that God gave His only son for your sins!” There’s no way those people have complete and utter peace in what they are doing. I think they want to do the right thing, but they don’t know how. So they just yell it. Their faces are angry, and they spit it out. And then they say, “There, I got the Word of God out there. Now it’s their fault if they don’t accept Christ.”
They don’t show self-control. When people challenge them they don’t even want to listen. They just keep saying the same thing over and over again. I’ve seen it happen! Someone challenges them, and they just point their finger right in their face and go on yelling about John 3:16. That’s not self-control. It’s chaos!
I think you have to ask God for wisdom all the time, and you’ll know when you receive it because you’ll feel peace about what you’re doing. You’ll see the fruit of the Spirit. That’s how you’ll know.