Fruit: Spirit vs. Flesh

5 02 2009

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

The fruits of the Spirit are widely talked about in churches and by Christians today. I often hear people say things like, “Oh, I need to get more self-control,” or, “I need to work on being more patient.”¬† I think it is great that we can recognize the things in which we lack so that we can work on them, but as i read Galatians chapter 5, I began to realize that when it talks about the fruit of the Spirit, it is talking about things that will come naturally, and things that you won’t have to force out of yourself. This verse is talking about fruit that will grow out of your life on account of walking by the Spirit (refer to blog “And the word became flesh”-4/2/09 ). These things mentioned here in this verse are things that we don’t have to necessarily try and focus on working on, rather if we work on living more and more by the Spirit, then they will just naturally come out of our lives! They are not things that we have to try and push out. An apple tree is not going to struggle with producing Apples because producing apples is in its DNA, and if it continues living as an apple tree, then it wont produce anything but apples. In the same way, when we are born again, it is in our DNA to live as people who walk by the Spirit, and if we do this, then things like love, joy, kindness and self-control will just be a part of our lives.

Galatians 5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.”

This verse talks about the fruits of the flesh. The works which are evident if you live according to your flesh. If you walk by the flesh, these will be your fruits. If these things are your fruits, you are in some way acting upon the desires of your flesh. In yesterdays blog I wrote about Galatians 5:19 which says, ” If you walk by the Spirit, then you will not fulfill the desires of your flesh,” and i think the principle may apply in reverse too: “If you walk by the flesh, you will not fulfill the desires of you Spirit!”

If you have a true desire to walk by the Spirit, seeing the fruits of the Spirit become a natural part of who you are, and seeing the fruits of your flesh be eradicated from your life, instead of trying to focus attention on trying to improve these individual things in your life on your own, why not cling to God even more, expressing the way you want to be, and ask Him to make the desires of His heart, the desires of your heart. This way, these things will not only become fruit of who you are, but you will learn to live more and more according to what God has planned for you, and living more like Jesus did as he walked the Earth.

You will find that if you do this, you will learn to love and value the fruits of the Spirit, and hate the things of your flesh; Walking, talking, thinking and acting more like Jesus  did!

Be Blessed!

Chris!

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7 02 2009
maddy

this is a great passage i really enjoyed reading it!!!
keep up the good work.
from maddy bent

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