Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

carnal or spiritual?

2/14/12

 

In the listing below I have attempted to identify the attributes of spirituality versus those of the ego driven natural man. The characteristics of spirituality are akin to the fruits of the spirit cited by Paul. Those of carnality are basically the polar opposites of the spiritual fruits.

 

Carnal.......Spiritual

 

Self interest-----Self sacrifice

Violence-----meekness

Anger-------peace

Impatience-----forbearance

Fear------calm

Materialism------idealism

Pride------humility

Guilt and rejection------ worthiness

Restrictions.......freedom

Segregation ---- integration

Condemnation ---- acceptance

Pessimism..... joyfulness

Exclusion ----- inclusion

 

We don't need to note these differences so as to self castigate but rather to alert ourselves to which behaviors and attitudes in our life are potentially harmful and therefore an impediment to our spiritual well being. Simply acknowledging the threat, makes us more sensitive to those moments when our carnal mind overrules our spiritual one, allowing us to re-evaluate and gradually evolve.

 

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