I want you to know that your spiritual health depends on your effort coupled with God’s grace NOT on grace alone.
In a letter written to his young assistant -Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote:
“Exercise yourself toward godliness (1 Timothy 4:7).
The Apostle compared physical fitness with spiritual fitness.
Take time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit. Bodily fitness has a certain value, but spiritual fitness is essential, both for this present life and for the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8).
Honestly, it takes serious disciplines to stay on the right track spiritually. Just the illustrations in Apostle Paul’s admonition to Timothy, we need to exercise our self towards things that promote and enhance healthy spiritual life in order to become or remain healthy spiritually.
As we need balanced nutrition to be physically healthy, our spiritual health also depends on our spiritual nutrition – intakes and efforts.
NEEDED EFFORTS FOR SPIRITUAL HEALTH
BE SINCERE WITH YOURSELF
The first key to spiritual health is personal sincerity.
31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Lk.5:31-32
You will grow as you set a good example in speech and behavior, in your love and faith and sincerity (1 Timothy 4:12).
To be sincere is to keep a critical eye on yourself From time to time. To learn to ask yourself how you are doing spiritually and take the steps necessary to continue growing.
Don’t cover up your fault. The practice of covering up poor workmanship with wax was common in Corinth in New Testament times. Perhaps Paul had this in mind when he wrote to the Corinthian church concerning the Feast of Unleavened Bread:
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:8, emphasis added).
The meaning of the Greek word eilikrinia translated sincerity is purity.
In the Bible it is used in referring to purity of motive. Sincere appears two times in the King James Version. Sincerely appears three times and sincerity 10 times. They are translated from Greek words meaning: genuine, without deceit, unmixed and unadulterated.
The English word sincere is a good translation of the original Greek. This word in English comes from two Latin words, sin-e and cere. Sin-e simply means without, and cere means wax. So sincere can mean literally “without wax”. That us; without covering up.
An honest merchant in the ancient city of Corinth when presenting his product to a buyer might say that it was a sincere piece of pottery.
Notice how God wants us to build our spiritual health:
“.. . Laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby ( 1 Peter2: 1-2, King James Version).
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary lists one of the definitions of sincerity as “freedom from hypocrisy”. Listen to this:-
Until you are free from self deceiption, you cannot become healthy spiritually,
“Isah 6:5 ¶ Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
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