In Galatians 5:16-26, Paul describes what it means to walk in the Spirit of God in your daily life. You might have memorized these fruits of the Spirit at some point in your life. Paul provides a list of actions or desires that flow from the heart of someone who does not know Christ in Galatians 5:19-21. He then turns his attention to the fruits of the Spirit that should be evident in the life of a follower of Christ.
These fruits not only reflect the character of God but provide you and me with a defense against sin in our life (vs. 16-18). How many of these fruits are active in your life right now?
Do you love God and others well?
Can you find joy and peace in knowing what God has done for you? How does that impact your daily life?
Are you a patient person?
Would others say you are kind and focused on showing others goodness?
Are you faithful in following through on promises you make?
When issues come up, are you gentle with others in delicate situations?
How is your self-control working out for you this holiday season?
Are you overwhelmed yet?
As you reflect on these questions, I want to encourage you that God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us. We are not alone in our attempts to pursue these fruits of the Spirit and live them out.
Walking in the Spirit means that as we make decisions and choices throughout our day, we seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We maintain an attitude of prayer and trust that the same Holy Spirit given to us when we are saved will provide us with direction and empowerment.
Need an example? The next time you receive a phone call that changes your plans or complicates your day, go to the Lord in prayer.
“God, I know you are sovereign over my day, and nothing catches you by surprise as it does me. Will you provide me with patience right now when I’m tempted to be frustrated? Give me joy and love for those involved in this situation. Give me a heart of peace and kindness when I want to choose anger. Give me self-control over my words and actions.”
We will never walk in the Spirit perfectly, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put in the effort.