We reap what we sow.

Galatians 5:16-6:10 was written by Paul to the church at Galatia, perhaps central Asia Minor.  In this section of his letter Paul focuses on the struggle between “the flesh” or our human nature and “the spirit” or our Christian nature.  Our epic villain would like us to think life is what we see with all the greed, evil, and selfishness.  Our epic hero opens our eyes to an alternate reality. Paul claims that when we become Christians we see life through a new lens, through the eyes of our epic hero, God or the Holy Spirit.  As we are faced with decisions or as we seek to understand the events unfolding around us, Paul lists characteristic that might be detected.

         “Acts of the flesh” may be obviously seen in immorality, abuse of the other, idolatry, witchcraft but also in more subtle things like hatred, discord, rage, jealousy, selfish ambition and envy.  The list goes on.  Acts of the flesh hurt others and lead to death, death of love, death of hope, death of mercy.  “Fruits of the Spirit” are seen in actions that produce love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  “Against such things there is no law.”  There is no such law as “thou shalt only love on Monday.”  We all want love, joy and peace and none of us seek abuse or pain.  We grow in our ability to hear and obey the Spirit that guides us into these traits.  We need each other to give encouragement because it is not always easy to forgive, to love someone who offends you, or to turn the other cheek.  If “doing the right thing” came naturally, our world would not have the problems it has.  We need to help each other and we need the help of the Holy Spirit to guide us.

         So as you look at the list of the fruits of the Spirit, perhaps meditate on one of them and how you might be able to cultivate that quality in your life.  Perhaps you could ask a good friend to hold you accountable. Sit quietly and ask the Lord for ideas!  Blessings!

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