Set Apart

By Max Lucado

In the third century, St. Cyprian wrote to a friend named Donatus:

“This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden under the shadow of these vines. But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out over the wide lands, you know very well what I would see; brigands on the high road, pirates on the seas, in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds, under all roofs misery and selfishness. It really is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. Yet, in the midst of it, I have found a quiet and holy people. They have discovered a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of this sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are the Christians…and I am one of them.” (Max Lucado study bible; Gordon Macdonald, Forging a Realworld Faith)

The troubles throughout the world, with our own daily burdens, can depress our spirits and destroy our happiness. But people who have obeyed the gospel of Christ and are truly living the Christian life have “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).

The fifth chapter of Galations tells us that . . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Galations 5:22-26).