What I say, walk by the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the spirit…Galatians 5:16-17
Last night I reflected on the struggle of doing what is right according to God’s standards. Our natural desires will always lean toward wrongdoing. Yes, it is sin that causes us to compromise and choose thoughts which lead to sinful actions against God. Even so, it remains an act of willful disobedience in which we must accept full responsibility.
How do we walk by the Spirit? The desire to wholeheartedly serve God and possess knowledge of His Word are required in order for us to rid ourselves of the natural inclination to please self.
“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such, there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
There are nine Fruits-character traits that we must possess to please God. When we study Galatians (v 22-23), the initial fruit is LOVE; we must possess agape love which produces the subsequent traits to align our character with God.
Many of us can remember what it felt like to fall in love for the very first time. We experienced exhilaration, and the euphoria that only love can provide. If those feelings are possible for another human being, how much more does our loving and merciful God deserve?
Openly and verbally express your love for God through praise and prayer. We were created to worship God and the benefits of loving God result in the desire to please Him. When we fall in love with God, our thoughts and our actions gravitate toward possessing the “Fruit of the Spirit.” There is no middle ground, gray area, or compromise when we love God, either we strive for spiritual perfection or we settle for pleasing ourselves.
Dana Johnson Puller reminds us that, “The seeds we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow!”
The time is now for us to fall back in love with God again.
Challenge for today: Study Galatians 5
Prayer for today: Dear God, We come to you knowing that we are sowing fleshly seeds. We are asking you to forgive us for loving ourselves more than we love you. As of now, we commit to renewing our love for you through dutiful obedience. We are willing to change, we love you God, and we confess that we are nothing without you. Thank you for hearing our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz