Are We Crucified With Christ?
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
We live in the flesh meaning that we do and say fleshly things, but we need to put it all in the faith of Jesus because he gave his life for us. We do this not out of good works trying to work our way to heaven (because His work was done already) but we do it because we love and appreciate what He has done for us.
Not too long ago I participated in a gossip fest with a co-worker about a newer worker that came to work with us. It was horrible! Yes, we had reasons to complain about this person and yes some of them were legitimate but you know when I went home I felt horrible. Absolutely horrible! I actually started to feel physically ill. I prayed and asked God to forgive me and to cleanse me from this terrible act that I heavily participated in. The next day I went to work and I told my co-worker that I don’t want to talk about this person anymore and I told her that it made me feel sick. She kind of laughed and thought I was over reacting since she knows how sensitive I am. But she agreed and I know she has a big heart and she said that she also felt bad even though she is not a believer in Christ.
I asked God to help me with the situation. When I was working with the one who was annoying us, I was still becoming a little annoyed with things they were doing or the things they were trying to change, but it was like God took over the situation. He made me more exercise more patience and gave me a love for this person. It was Christ shining through me and I felt it. “It was no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me”.