05.08.22 | Of The Spirit Series
Of The Spirit
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:22–26, CSB)
What does a follower of Jesus look like?
This is a loaded question that is often answered by the things we personally consider the most important. The Bible, on the other hand, gives us a simple and clear picture of what a Christian should look like: the fruit of the Spirit. But just one glance at the list can give us a sinking feeling because it is impossible to attain.
The good news is that we are not responsible for growing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We can’t gut ourselves into being more patient or kind or self-controlled. It’s a losing battle that only leads to frustration and despair.
Our calling is to live by the Spirit, keep in step with the Spirit, and trust the Spirit to transform our passions and desires into the likeness of Christ, developing in us the fruit of a transformed life that is attractive to the world around us.