Are you right with God? Take this 9 question quiz to find out! - The Personal Growth Channel

Are you right with God? Take this 9 question quiz to find out!

Reality check ahead - are you right with God?

Do you consider yourself a Christian?  If you do, you've probably asked yourself at some point along the line if you are really living your life the way God intended.  Did you know that there is a test in the Bible to see if that is the case?

Paul clearly outlines a self test each of us can do in his letter to the churches of Galatia, which is the area we now know today as Turkey.  In case you aren't familiar with the passage, here it is.

Keep in Step with the Spirit

Galatians 5
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.  

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[d] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

The key passage here is the fruit of the Spirit, this is how you know that God is working in your life.  You can read versus 19-21 above to see if you exhibit the negative aspects defined as the works of the flesh, if you do work to eliminate them from your life.  

I'm going to focus on the positive aspects, defined as the fruit of the Spirit.


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

Here is the quiz.  Does your life exhibit those 9 positive traits and not the works of the flesh outlined in verse 19-21?  Those 9 traits again are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.  If it does, then you are walking in line with the Spirit.

You'll want to keep reading even if you answered yes though, because some of these traits are not as straightforward as you think.  You may be surprised, our modern notions for some of these things are pretty far away from what God had in mind!


1.  Love

The Greek word for this is Agape.  This denotes a benevolence and unconquerable goodwill, that always seeks the highest of the other, no matter what s/he does. It is the self-giving love that gives freely without asking anything in return, and does not consider the worth of its object. Agape is more a love by choice than philos, which is love by chance; and it refers to the will rather than the emotion. Agape describes the unconditional love God has for the world.

Paul further describes love in 1 Corinthians 13
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Jesus challenges our modern ideas of love and challenges us to a new level of understanding in this passage from Luke Chapter 6.

27“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunicb either. 30Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

32“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.


Wow, that's a tough challenge.  Do you have this type of love in your life?

2.  Joy

This is a little bit of a hard one for me personally as I was raised to feel like I needed to step up and bear the weight of the world on my shoulders.  If this is you, step back a little and have some fun as well.  Enjoy the little day to day moments, as those are what life is made of.  Give God joyful praise for the gifts you already have in your life.  God intended for there to be joy in our lives, be intentional about doing healthy things that bring you joy!

Do you have joy in your life?

3.  Peace

When was the last time you slept peacefully, or felt at peace with the things going on in your life?  If you are not at peace, what things are struggles for you?

Try praying the Serenity Prayer, and really read the words.  I might add that I've always wanted to change that third line to "Courage to change the things I can...and should".  Sometimes things should be left alone and accepted even if you have the power to change them.
 
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

Do you have peace in your life?

4.  Patience

Ahh patience.  If you've gotten to this point in the article, then you've demonstrated a little bit of patience at least, great job!  If you want to learn patience, then pray for it.  Just be careful of what you ask for, because the way we learn patience is not always fun!

Do you have patience in your life?

5.  Kindness

Do you do things for others and expect nothing in return?  Do you show respect to anyone you come across, regardless of their status or current state in life?

Do you have kindness in your life?

6.  Goodness

Do you have strong moral values based on Biblical principles?  Do you always do what is right, even when that is very difficult?

Do you have goodness in your life?

7.  Faithfulness 

Can you commit yourself to others and to God?  Do you often find yourself wandering off the path that you know is right?

Do you have faithfulness in your life?

8.  Gentleness

The New Spirit Filled Life Bible defines gentleness as
"a disposition that is even-tempered, tranquil, balanced in spirit, unpretentious, and that has the passions under control. The word is best translated 'meekness,' not as an indication of weakness, but of power and strength under control. The person who possesses this quality pardons injuries, corrects faults, and rules his own spirit well".
This word is used in other areas of the Bible, not to denote weakness, but to denote a well balanced attitude toward other people.  "Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted"  - Galatians 6:1.

Some of the most powerful people that I know are gentle, they know how to say hard things in such a way that not only can the person can hear them, but they even thank them for the encouragement.

Do you keep your power and strength under control?  Do you have gentleness in your life?


9.  Self-Control

The Greek word used here is "egkrateia", meaning "strong, having mastery, able to control one's thoughts and actions."

Do you have self control in your life?



For some of you, this little quiz may have been an eye opener.  If you would like to have these things in your life, how about spending a little time in the word each day and surrounding yourself with others who feel these things are important?

Bible.com has an app you can use on your smartphone, with many plans such as read the Bible in a year to encourage you to read a little each day.  Try it out!  See if your church has small groups and join one.  I have a men's group that meets once a week at 6AM, and this has been a great source of growth for me as the others challenge me to a new level of discipleship.  Get involved!

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