In the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he describes the FRUITFUL LIVES of those who belong to Christ and are open to God, the Holy Spirit, working within them. He writes,
“. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” He doesn’t stop at describing that life, but he also calls the Galatians — and I believe he calls us — to LIVE it. He writes:
You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour each other, be careful that you don’t get eaten up by each other!
I say be guided by the Spirit and you won’t carry out your selfish desires. A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the self with its passions and its desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit.
This Sunday, continuing our series on the Apostle Paul, we’ll look at Galatians 5:13-17, 22-25 and ask the question of ourselves, “What are the tangible results in my life that come from my relationship with God?” It’s just another way of asking, “What kind of fruit am I bearing in my life?”
I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Grace and Peace,