(THIS ONE WAS THE HARDEST TO WRITE, THERE IS SO MUCH MORE ABOUT THE SPIRIT THAT CAN BE SAID, SO READ WITH LESS EXPECTATION)
To expand on the lesson Spirit, Soul, Body this will look at what the issues are with the spirit. Take a look at the chart to the right to remind yourself what consists of the spirit and how the spirit makes 1/3 of who we are and how we respond.
To begin with, why do we even have a spirit? God created us to have a spirit so that we can have a relation with Him for God is spirit. There is a direct connection between mankind and God. If we are only flesh and blood we can never understand spiritual things. We will never be able to experience the glory that He has for us. He also placed inside us the desire to help others, love others, and connect with others as well without any conditional terms. This is the highest form of relationships.
What kind of relationship can be built upon the spirit? We are here for one main reason, to worship Him. That is why our bodies can dance before Him. That is why we speak praises and prayers. This is why we can read about Him and feel things those who do not read can not. Our worship gives us a foundation that is stronger than any other force in the universe. The love that God has for us is called agape. This means it is unconditional. There is no condemnation under His love. This is a Godly love that we are supposed to strive for with each other as well. It is not a sensual love or a love built upon similarities like the other two. This is the love that Jesus told us to show and the love that Paul writes is the greatest of all things. When a marriage is built upon the love of God then it has the strongest bond it could. If there is the love of God in a marriage then the other two loves either become less important because they are fulfilled or they become more enhanced. This love makes us fight for things. This love conquers all that comes against us. This love looks past all the things that has been done wrong to us. This love turns the cheek. This love goes the extra mile. This love carries us through the sands of trouble and holds on to us when there seems to be no hope. This love is patient. This love is from God, A father's love A love that never forsakes and forgives all that we have done.
How does the spirit react to the world? There are two ways it reacts to the world. One is we know that God will get us through anything. That is called faith. The other is we know God wants us not to be bystanders. He wants us to take action. This is called conviction. Both call us to do the right thing. Both are ensconced with love. Both are filled with truth. Both are filled with compassion. Both are filled with mercy. This is where what is known as the fruits of the spirit come in. You will know if someone is filled with the spirit when they show their gentleness, patience, kindness, peace, self-control, and above all love. Those who fail to show these, even though they claim to be Christian, are not living by the spirit. When they say they are Christian but live more by the soul or body then they do not show the fruits. This is when the world says they are hypocrites.
How is the world enhanced for the spirit? President Snow (Hunger Games) said there is only one thing stronger than fear and that is hope. What a profound statement that rings true. Fear is what drives the body to the fight or flight instinct. Fear is what cause our souls to worry and causes stress. But in the spirit, there is no fear because the spirit in us gives us hope. We see the light at the end of the tunnel because we have the light inside us. The spirit also gives us joy. Happiness is based on your situation but joy comes from something else. When we have the spirit we feel stronger and healthier. We see things for what they really are. We know more about right from wrong. It gives us dreams. It gives us purpose. Yes, the world is enhanced for us but even more importantly those with the spirit enhance the world. Jesus said we are the salt of the earth. We are here to build each other up. We are here to share our hearts. We are here to use our gifts (whether natural talents or gifts of the spirit) See Spiritual gifts for an overview.
What is the result? This is the most important part about understanding the spirit. When we live by the spirit the desire to do the right things overwhelm us. But sometimes the world does not understand what the right thing really is and we look foolish to them. We should be slow to speak and slow to anger. We are suppose to walk by faith not driven by our desires of the flesh. When we do these things we feel worthy. We feel free from the issues of the world. When we live by the spirit all the other aspects of our lives take shape. This gives us a foundation that we can all fall back on. With the spirit we are complete beings. We are higher than any other life form and that makes us the most loved of all God's creation. That is why He gives is chance after chance after chance.
We are human. Having a spirit is part of us and we should not ignore it. We may have the only light some people will ever see. We may have the only hope that some will ever hear. We have the absolute truth that the world needs but will not accept. We have to share love to the world. The world only lives by their bodies or their souls. They do not understand the spirit, so to them our absolute truth becomes relative or to them sometimes irrelevant. Yet, the world watches us and waits for us to not live by the spirit and then jumps at the first sign of a failure. And because of that we get blamed for all the hate. Even though we all fall. We get blamed for all the division. Even though we all have issues. So,they kick God out of schools, governments, and lives.
And we wonder why the world is the way it is.