Fruit for Thought
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
Galatians 5:19-26 (New Living Translation)
I’ve been able to recite the list of the fruits of the Spirit ever since I can remember. (I think that must have been in Sunday School 101 curriculum.) But funny (or not so funny) how difficult it is to live them. It’s also interesting to me how well I know verses 22&23 of this passage but how much more context the surrounding scriptures give to the value of these fruits.
Got me thinking: “I wonder which one of these lists my life looks most like?”
- sexual immorality
- lustful pleasures
- outbursts of anger
- selfish ambition
- wild parties
No public confession needed. Just wanted to get you thinking today!