14 day plan

The Purpose of Pentecost

Day 9 of 14

CSB

Galatians 5:22-25

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. 24Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Reflection: The fruit of the Holy Spirit

Throughout scripture there is a common theme and metaphor used to depict believers, that of a tree. In both the New and Old Testaments, we see this picture as a way of expressing the health of our lives and, in turn, the effect that health has on the fruit our lives produce.

In Galatians, Paul continues with this picture by outlining the nine different fruits that are produced in a life that lives with the Holy Spirit. This helps us see in greater detail the essence of Christ’s character and nature. Probably the biggest lesson for us in this picture is that fruit is not something we overtly try to produce; fruit is simply the by-product of a healthy tree.

As believers, our primary goal isn’t to try and be good people as much as it is to be spiritually healthy people, having roots under the surface that are firmly planted in God’s grace and truth, and in his house.

Question: How is the root system of your life?

Prayer: Father, I thank you that it is you who makes us healthy. Thank you for providing such a rich soil of grace and truth for us to plant our lives into. Help me to remain planted in you and produce fruit that represents you. Amen.

Galatians 5:1-26

Freedom of the Christian

1For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm, then, and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2Take note! I, Paul, am telling you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. 3Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to do the entire law. 4You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace. 5For we eagerly await through the Spirit, by faith, the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love.

7You were running well. Who prevented you from being persuaded regarding the truth? 8This persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9A little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough. 10I myself am persuaded in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. 11Now brothers and sisters, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12I wish those who are disturbing you might also let themselves be mutilated!

13For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. 15But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.

The Spirit versus the Flesh

16I say, then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things — as I warned you before — that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. 24Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.