One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a “battle” that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
“One is Evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
One day an elderly Christian told his friends about a “battle” that people experience. He said, “My children, the Spirit and your selfish desires oppose each other.
“Selfish desire leads to sexual immorality, moral corruption, doing whatever feels good, idolatry, casting spells, hate, fighting, obsession, losing your temper, conflict, selfishness, group rivalry, jealousy, drunkenness, partying, and other things like that.
“The Spirit’s fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The friends asked the experienced Christian, “What difference does it make?” The old Christian said, “Being or not in God’s kingdom.”