Read: Galatians 5:22-26
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (NIV Galatians 5:22-26)
Study: When the apostle Paul lived, many people shared the belief that “do whatever you want” pretty much defined “the good life.” (It even had a big philosophical name—hedonism. You may have noticed that some folks still believe that today.) Paul told the Galatian Christians that a truly good life results as we open ourselves to letting God’s Spirit lead us. He listed nine dynamic qualities the Spirit produces in our lives. Which of the nine fruits Paul said you get to have as a Christian do you find already most present in your life? Which of them are you most eager for the Spirit’s power to grow more of in you? What is your part in nurturing a soul “climate” in which the fruit of the Spirit can grow?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Paul made sense. Why would anyone make a law against “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”? Please grow that wonderful fruit in my life. Amen.