How many of us realize we fall back on our before-salvation tendencies? Do you know that we have freedom in Christ? FREEDOM! We don't have to live by or for the world any longer. We can only experience freedom in Christ when we choose to walk in Him rather than walk in our flesh- otherwise, we deny our freedom, and succumb to our old selves- the slaves we were to the world. Let's wake up and realize our freedom! What is walking in the Spirit? Well, walking in daily surrender to Jesus. When we do this, fruit will be produced in and through our lives. In verse 22, it lists the fruits of the Spirit- meaning, things that will be produced when we walk in the Lord. Here they are:
There are a few on that list that I need to mature. The closer we get to Jesus, the more fruit that is produced in and through us. We shouldn't beat ourselves up if these qualities don't mirror our tendencies, but we should aim to be closer to Christ. HE alone does the work in us. We just need to live in Him and let the Spirit prune and mold us. These qualities will mature in us as we let the Spirit do His work!
For freedom Christ has set us free' stand firm therefore, stand do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.