13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, 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.
Have you ever considered doing a FRUIT check of your life? We should be doing this from time to time. As Christians we have these characteristics found in verse 22, but, are we allowing them to be expressed outwardly in our lives. Can others see this fruit in our conduct? If we are allowing our flesh to be controlled by the Holy Spirit then these characteristics will be expressed on an increasingly greater frequency. Each day as we are interacting with people we should be mindful of this fruit of the Spirit and we should strive, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to conduct ourselves with these fruits. We should do as verse 16 says and “walk by the Spirit” and then the desires of the flesh will diminish and the fruit of the Spirit will begin to be who we are becoming in Jesus. Is it time for a fruit check in your life?
Blessings to you all.
Chet Wiswell, Elder.
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