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Spiritual Cannibalism

Galatians 5:14-16
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

It’s interesting to note that the Galatians’ big problem — and the focus of the entire epistle — was the temptation to give in to legalism; to trust that their adherence to the Law somehow equated to righteousness. Conservatism in doctrine and standards is, I believe, absolutely essential — but never, ever confuse conservatism with righteousness…as the letter to the church at Ephesus in Revelation proves, you can have all the details right and still have your candlestick removed because your spirit is wrong.

Paul prefaced his remarks with an observation: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” He then proceeded to warn them against spiritual cannibalism.

“Biting” and “devouring” are expressive of the pack or mob mentality. Predators in a feeding frenzy mindlessly fall on their prey, spurred by the actions of their companions. People in mobs do things they would never do alone; the actions of their peers destroy their inhibitions.

Once you join in a slanderous conversation, you’ll quickly lose your restraint. Before long, the rush produced by the salty taste of blood will drive you on until the image and dignity of your victim are nothing more than shreds.

“Take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”

I’ve been saddened for years how so many believers have a brand new set of friends every 2-3 years. That’s simply because that’s about as long as they can get along with anybody.

The problem with biting and devouring each other is that pretty soon we won’t have any friends left…and the only thing worse than dying bitter is dying bitter and lonely.

God help us to put our spiritual bloodthirstiness on a permanent fast. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14)

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January 18, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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