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Devotional - week of November 7, 2010


BEHAVING LIKE MERE MEN

 

… you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?  1 Corinthians 3:3

 

To walk as a mere man is to live like the unsaved around us. It is to walk like other believers who are not walking in the Spirit. When there is envy, strife and divisions in a church, members of that church are carnal—living in the flesh—and living like mere men.

 

 In 1 Corinthians 3:1-2, Paul writes, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able.” (1 Corinthians 3:1-2).

 

Divisions in the church and the inability to understand the solid food of God’s word are not the only indications that a believer is living as a mere man. To walk as a mere man is also to be without God’s power in our lives. It is to live without God’s guidance. It is to live without God’s love in our hearts.

 

In Galatians 5:22-23a, Paul lists some of those qualities in the life of a believer who experiences his union with Christ and lives above the ways of mere men.

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

 

When one experiences his oneness with Christ and lives above the level of a mere man, he has the power of God in his life. He lives his life under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. He has the love of God in his heart reaching out to meet the needs of others.  

 

Living above the level of mere men is to experience the abundant life Jesus mentions in John 10:10.