Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5: 22-26

Galatians 5:

[22] But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

[23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

[24] And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

[25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

We all have both good and bad in us. Each moment, we choose which seed to plant, which in turn determines which fruit we will harvest.

Paul tells us that when we plant love, joy, peace, long-suffering (patience), meekness (indulgence), and temperance (self-control, moderation) that is the fruit we harvest.

In verse 24 he tells us that by becoming Christians we have promised to crucify our flesh. We have nailed all of our “wants” to the cross with Jesus. We have removed the old man and put on a new man. (Eph. 4:22-24, Col.3:9-10, Romans 6:66)

We have promised not to serve sin. We have promised to live in the Spirit of Christ, showing outwardly our love for God in our actions, conversations and daily walk.

We do not live a Christian life to bring attention to ourselves, but to live in a manner that honours and glorifies God.

Paul writes “against such things there is no law” (5:23).

Paul is telling the people their flesh needs to be restrained. Without restraint, the “works of the flesh” will reveal themselves. When we walk “in the Spirit” we soon start to change and automatically our ways reflect the character of God.

In this letter, Paul is perhaps telling the Galatians to better themselves by living the fruits of the Spirit every day and to include this type of living in their Church and in their Christian communities.

Paul shares an amazing fact with us! If everyone were to live by God’s moral law, then there would be no need for any other law.

Elohim (All sufficient One)

Father God

Each and every day upon waking, I have a choice to make. Will I follow God today in every way or will I break down and follow where the enemy leads me?

With each step I take throughout the day, I choose the path I am going to follow. Each word I speak and the actions I use, all determines my fruit.

The last line of this scripture talks about the law. I guess I’ve never thought about it before, but Paul was absolutely right. If everyone in the world followed and lived according to the Fruits of the Spirit, the world would not need any other laws at all. What an awesome thought!

Unfortunately, that is not the way our world lives, hence man-made laws and so many of them.

I know Lord that one day soon the entire world (of Christians) will live by your fruits and nothing else. We will all be living for Christ, without the influence of satan. I look forward to that day Lord, when Jesus comes back to the earth to rule as King.

Until then; please Lord, give me the desire, strength and faith to live by the law you have given us in the fruit of the Spirit (and The Ten Commandments).

In service to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ,

I pray.

Amen

Hallelujah

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