Friday, December 11, 2009

The Spirit Difference

Notice the difference in these verses between the "works of the flesh" and the "fruit of the Spirit" in the following scripture from Paul's letter to the Galatians. 
  • By whom or by what are you being led today?  
  • How does this apply to our conversations, thought and actions related to disagreements in the church?  
You'll notice that the "fruit of the Spirit" does not include direct opposites of the "works of the flesh."  Instead, the Holy Spirit brings something completely new.
Galatians 5
16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

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