Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Timothy 2:3-4(KJV); For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
In our theme scripture, the word for knowledge used therein is epignosis. Epignosis is translated to mean ‘precise and correct knowledge of things ethical and of things divine.’
It is good to be intimately acquainted with divine things but you must also be acquainted with the ethical side of life.
There are Christians who are heavily gifted; they prophesy, teach deep mysteries and demonstrate the power of God but alas, their ethics leave a lot to be desired.
A fountain cannot send forth both sweet and bitter water. You cannot be lacking in basic Christian values yet claim to know God.
Has your knowledge of God or your anointing become a weapon with which you terrorise those around you? Are you ‘untouchable’ because you ‘see in the spirit?’ Do you behave like you ‘dwell in a light no man can approach?’
The anointing and the gifts of the Spirit are not substitutes for good character; they are not an excuse for insensitivity and a total disregard for how people feel. Sometimes, people will never care about how many lame men you prayed for and they walked, they will care that you were kind to them, understood their pain and treated them like they were of great value.
Allow God to cultivate through you an excellent character: integrity, empathy, discipline and genuine kindness.
May character distinguish you. Let people study your life and conclude that you truly know God.
His name be praised!
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Corinthians 13, Colossians 1:10
GOLDEN NUGGET: The anointing and the gifts of the Spirit are not substitutes for good character. May character distinguish you. Let people study your life and conclude that you truly know God.
PRAYER: Father, I thank You for this Word. I receive it in humility and walk in its understanding. I know that You are working in me every day, shaping my attitudes and perceptions of life. My character sets me apart as one who has been dealt with and continues to be dealt with by You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.