Today's Lectionary Text
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 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. But if you are led by the Spirit,you are not under the law.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 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.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
So very often as I read the Bible, I find myself thinking that various parts of it were written a few minutes before I picked it up. These scriptures in Galatians have always been ones that, even though it was written thousands of years ago, has proven to be more reflective of the current times that we are living in.
How each of us chose to live is, in the end, on us. As human beings we all of course have free will. Free will that provides us with the opportunity to make choices.
The journey that we undertake each day is never without challenge. We are going to come face to face with many things. But if we are to be successful in our daily journey, we must acknowledge that we are called to do so with the proper mindset. Our daily walk, when led by the spirit, will assure us of being in agreement with the Lord. Doing so of ourselves invariably results in us falling to the seduction of going down the wrong path.
As we do walk with the right spirit, we do so knowing that the very essence of the spirit is about the characteristics that are a reflection of God himself. For the very fruit of the spirit is such that as we show whose we are daily, we do so knowing that though each day may not be a breeze, it will be one that we are moving forward in.
We move forward because of the presence of the fruit of the spirit. Fruit that is continues to grow daily because of our trust and faith in the Lord and how he will lead us.
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Prayer for Reflection
Heavenly Father, each day we ask that you will pour into us the very essence of who you are. Pour into us that which we need to be the exception rather than the rule. Let there more of you in us day after day. Amen.
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