As we continue in Galatians Paul tells us what the fruit of the Spirit is. First we have love (love in marriage is strong, we are to love our enemies, we are to love God above all else). Then comes joy (joy comes from within, joy cannot be controlled by outward circumstance) only God gives true joy. Christians should have joy even in the worse of circumstances, knowing that God is in control.
Peace (Jesus is the Prince of Peace and all who follow Him should have a peace that passes all understanding). Patience (patience to wait upon the Lord for the things in life that we are in need of). Kindness (we certainly need to learn to be kind to one another in the church and outside the church). God’s people should always be kind.
Goodness the quality or state of being good, morally right). We need this today more than ever, people who still know how to call evil by its rightful name “evil”). Faithfulness (ones who are faithful to God and God alone). They do not buy into this politically correct world in which we live. We should be more concerned about offending God than anyone else.
Gentleness and self-control (we need to be gentle to people and show self-control, thereby not sinning and choosing the wrong thing because the “flesh is weak”, control our anger, lust, wanton desires, even our finances.
The believer that desires to be like Jesus should have all of these fruit of the spirit in them, to some degree. Some more some less depending on the fruit. We do not have the right to pick and choose from the list. Work on the ones that you are weak in and get better.
Now come verses 24-26 NLT “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.” More instructions on how to live in the Spirit.
If the church could learn to live like this, what a difference we could make in the world! Do not be conceited, or do not provoke others, jealousy has no place in the life of a believer.
Let us commit to work on these things in our lives and determine to be more like Jesus!
More next time…