Sunday, August 1, 2021
PLEASE READ Galatians 5:13-26. Thank You! In this passage the apostle Paul gives two groups of fruit that are very different from one another.
He says in Galatians 5:19-21, "Now the works (fruit) of the flesh (sin nature) are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (parenthesis mine).
In contrast to the "works" (fruit) of the sin nature, Paul lists a cluster of fruit that he calls "the fruit of the Spirit." You can measure your spiritual growth and maturity by measuring your character and conduct by the "fruit of the Spirit.” Here they are: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, good ness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is not law." (Galatians 5:22-23).
Begin by confessing your sins (I John 1:7-9). Next, yield yourself to the Holy Spirit by allowing Him to control you (Ephes. 5:18-21)
Spend time each day in Bible reading, prayer, and being aware of God's presence in your life and in your circumstances. By bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit you will glorify God, bless those around you, and find inner peace. God bless you in your journey of "growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18).
Growing in Grace, One Step at a Time,
-Pastor Buddy Turner