Class #50: By the grace of God and not by works, we were saved through faith in Christ! Even beyond this, Christians have been abundantly gifted with the gift of the Holy Spirit and “the fruit of the Spirit.” St. Paul warns us in Galatians 5:26 not to become conceited, lest we mistakenly take credit for the putting to death of our sinful passion and desires, and for the new walking in the Spirit. The vainglorious person will not be merciful and loving toward his neighbor, but provoking and envying.
Jesus’ unconditional love for us led Him to bear our burden, even unto the cross. Our God has redeemed each one of us in a spirit of gentleness. To be spiritual is to use the Spirit’s gifts to gently restore a weaker brother. We are not strong of ourselves, but continue to trust in Christ, lest we also be tempted.