The relevance of Galatians 5:16-26 in the modern “spiritual intelligence” debate

Elma Cornelius


It is not acceptable for Christians to live their lives in isolation. It
is important, especially for Christians to participate in, to influence and to hold an opinion
regarding the relevant issues in the world. When our magazines and newspapers report something
new, Christians should become actively engaged and position themselves. When a women’s magazine
published an article about spiritual intelligence being a demand of the twenty-first century, I
wondered whether Christians could view themselves as spiritually intelligent. Therefore, this
article seeks to offer an exploration of what spiritual intelligence entails and a determination
of the relevance of Galatians 5:16-25 in this debate. The list of virtues in this passage offers
a clear picture of what a Spirit-filled life should be. The latter appears to be synonymous with
a spiritually mature life, as demanded by our modern world. Being a Christian improves the way
one manages everyday problems in the world. It alters the way one conducts business. Christian
spirituality (like many other forms of spirituality) can contribute to a successful and whole
person, family, company, and nation.


spiritual intelligence; holy life; Christian spirituality; Bible; Galatians 5:16-26

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