“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Christianity and religion should “look” different. Religion is man reaching out to god to gain his favor. Christianity is God reaching out to man through his son, Jesus Christ. Religion is works-based. Christianity is rooted in grace. Granted, Christianity wrongly understood and practiced can look much like religion — when the prevailing spirit is one of self-love, hate, terror, intolerance, insensitivity, anger, and meanness, all of which are driven by a sense of self-righteousness. These stand in stark contrast to the fruit of the Spirit described by the apostle Paul. A zeal for our faith is a must, but it must be a zealousness for the life of faith described in scripture and depicted in the life of Jesus, or else it just looks like another religion.

Be a fruitful believer not a religious nut.

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