Circumcision of the Heart
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God – Romans 2:29.
To be a Jew meant you were in God’s family, an heir to all of His promises. As the Jews strayed away from God, we too as spiritual Jews stray away from the instructions God has given us; and lean-to our own understanding and misconception of the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
The Pharisees were one of the three sects of Judaism in the time of Jesus. The name meant separated by special works. A Pharisee requested Jesus to dine with him, after sitting at the table, the Pharisee noticed Jesus didn’t wash His hands, and because of their tradition of washing hands prior to eating, and other purity rituals, he wonder why Jesus didn’t wash His hands. Jesus said “And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter, but your inward parts is full of ravening (grasping or robbery) and wickedness – Luke 11:39″. Many Christians are clean on the outside, but inwardly there is, bitterness, un-forgiving, fault-finding, judgmental, envy, jealousy, gossiping, controlling and belittling others. Just as the Pharisees was quick to tell others how to live, but they weren’t living what they were teaching, there are many Christians, quick to judge others, but they haven’t taken an inward inspection of themselves.
How can we be the body of Christ, but I can walk pass you and act as though you weren’t there, or cannot sit on the same peer with a fellow brother or sister because of holding offenses? We can run, jump, skip, fall out speak in tongues, but if we’re mistreating another brother or sister our worship, as well as our prayers, are hitting the ceiling rather than opening the doors of heaven. What we do to each other, we’re doing it to Jesus. We’re the body of Christ and the eyes of the Lord is everywhere beholding the good and the evil. Another spirit is in operation when I can mistreat or disrespect another believer as well as the unbeliever. It’s the spirit of Satan that comes against the believer, not the Spirit of God. If the Spirit of God is dwelling in our being, we’re careful of how we treat one another. God the Father is love and if He’s dwelling in our being, we too will have the love for the brethren that will be manifested through our behavior towards each other.
How can we expect to win the world when we’re fighting each other? True love is on display at all times towards other. Speaking in tongues and don’t have the Fruit of the Spirit in manifestation is worthless. It’s the heart that is acting out in our behavior and character; when the heart lines up with the Word of God everything else will come into order.