April 24, 2018
Galatians 5:22-23… The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control… against such things there is no law.
If everyone lived by the Spirit, there would be no need for laws. No one would steal or kill or lie or want someone else’s goods. The message of this verse is to be in the Spirit. We can work as hard as we want to have thee fruits evident in our lives; but fruit grows when the tree is right and conditions are right. When we are born again, we become tree of righteousness. So, we, as trees, are right trees for bearing fruit of the Spirit, but what about the conditions. One condition is to know God and we can pray toward that end. Another condition is to eat spiritual food to nourish our Spirit.
John 4:31,32,34… Meanwhile the disciples were urging Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work.”
It is food for our soul to do what God has asked of us. We learn that, at least in part, by reading the Bible. When we live like that, fruit will appear. And let’s look at the fruit.
Love… This word embodies all the others. When love is evident in our lives, the rest of the fruit will be evident also. Check your fruit. Are you joyful? Are you at peace? Are you patient and kind? Is your life filled with goodness? Are you faithful and gentle? Do you feel like you have good self control? If you answered any of those questions with “No” you might be deficient in nourishment. The responses of our flesh can cloud the responses in the Spirit.
Galatians 5,Verse 24… And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with it passions and desires.
Oops; is that another condition? Apparently. Have you ever set out to be kind, only to be derailed by thoughts of retribution and retaliation? “That person wasn’t very kind to me back in 06… why should I be kind?” Paul says, “You crucify the flesh.” We do it. Take responsibility. Crucify the flesh by the power of the Spirit who lives in you.