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True spirituality is not just natural temperament, it’s the work of God’s Spirit changing our hearts. Our old Tabby cat Smokey (who sadly had to be put down) was simply not a lap cat. Whatever you did you simply couldn’t coax him to sit on your lap and be nice. You see, it just wasn’t in his nature. He’d rather bite and scratch you when you least expected it. On the other hand, we were walking along a road near our house recently and there was a cat we’d never seen before. He took one look at us and bounded over for a good scratch and rub as if we’d been friends all our lives. It was just that cat’s temperament. Some people is like that; it’s just their temperament - it doesn’t make them a Christian!