Foundations

June 8 | Galatians 5:16, 22-23

“But I say, “Live by the Spirit,” and you will never satisfy the passions of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians Contrasts:22–23, ESV)

When I talk about the Christian faith some people complain that Jesus is too exclusive. But many things are exclusive by nature. Oil and water don’t mix. Nobody complains about that.

The world has one set of standards and God has another. You can’t pick and choose which ones you can follow. God expects an exclusive relationship from you. The Spirit should not have to contend for your attention.

The desires of your flesh, those old desires you left behind, should not hold a candle to the Spirit working in you. You need the fruit of the Spirit. These are the basis for everything else the Holy Spirit wants to do in you.

So pursue the Holy Spirit and enjoy how he changes your character little by little. The more time you spend in the Lord’s presence the less time you will have to consider temptations. Keep in step with the Spirit. Seek him above all other things.

He works God’s unconditional love in you. He gives you joy and peace to face the trials of this life. He teaches you patience no matter how long it takes him. The world could use some more goodness, gentleness, and kindness. God desires faithfulness from you. And his self-control helps you to stay away from things that will harm you.

Action Step: Seek the Holy Spirit for his fruit in your life. Practice whatever he tells you to do. He will lead you into holiness that pleases the Lord.

Holy Spirit, cultivate your fruit in my life. Teach me how to show these characteristics of your fruit to others. Change me from the inside out. I commit myself to obeying you in all things.

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