Do you remember those cartoons where the main character always had a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other? The interesting thing was that they both looked like the conflicted character. The devil was evil and urged the character to do what was wrong, while the angel tried to influence the character in the right direction — but the angel would always lose…
This is more or less how we live daily. The soul, which is our corrupt and deceitful heart, plays the role of the devil. The spirit, which is our intellect, plays the role of the angel. The spirit should be stronger than the heart, but the heart is always more attractive. It wants things without thinking about the consequences. That chocolate cake that just came out of the oven will give you a stomachache and make you regain those 300 grams you lost the night before, but you choose to ignore reason and eat it anyway. What a bad heart!
All that benefits us comes from the spirit. For example: when you determine that you will finish something that you start, it’s because you decided to do the will of your spirit; when you decide to forgive, to look ahead, stop crying over spilled milk, to let go of a friendship that is not healthy… Did you get it?
The decision of the spirit is very strong and always makes us proud of ourselves, as if we had won a battle that is usually lost. In fact, this is one of the consequences. When you do the will of your heart, you enjoy it for a moment, only to regret it later…
When you do the will of your spirit, you feel stronger than you thought you were. The problem is that most people can’t do the will of the spirit. They want to, but when push comes to shove, they simply can’t. This is one of the consequences of Eden. We lost self-control. We listened to what was evil.
This is why God sent His Son Jesus to save us: we are all doomed to hell because of our uncontrollable nature! Fortunately, those who accept the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior, and live according to His teachings, end up receiving His Spirit, Who gives us the strength to take self-control back from the hands of the heart. Because I have the Holy Spirit, I am no longer controlled by my heart. And not only this, but He also has everything we’ve ever dreamed to have!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control […] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-25
The Holy Spirit is the love that many have never known; the joy that many seek but have never found; the peace that many had never had…
When we feed our own spirit, we draw closer to Him.
In the faith.