Galatians Day 13 - Galatians 5:16-26
This portion of Paul’s letter to the Galatians shows the contrast between the works of the flesh and the works of the spirit. As believers, we have the FRUIT is the spirit within us.
Notice that fruit is singular, not plural. It isn’t like spiritual gifts. We don’t just hope for one, or maybe a few if we are lucky. We get them all. They are a package deal. Fruit—not fruits.
We have the spirit in us, so we have ALL he produces...love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, AND self-control!
Paul closes this section saying, “if we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) And how does he continue this thought? With some advice we would all be wise and blessed to adhere to...”let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:26)
There is power in the fruit produced by the spirit in us. May we use it for good. May it be an outward blessing to others, the opposite of conceit, provocation, and envy.
God, stir up the spirit in us. Let us benefit from the fruit available to us. Let us not give in to the flesh and crowd out the power of the spirit in us.