22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
A wise church member recently reminded me that to open the Bible is to find something that directly or indirectly applies to a particular issue facing you. This is because the Bible is God’s word; it is how God communicates with us. It is alive and acting within our midst as we allow God to speak to us.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but read a passage like this one from Galatians to find renewed reasons to confess to God where I have failed in these fruits of the Spirit – times when I have not loved my neighbor, when I have provoked another by my actions, when I have not exercised self-control or used kindness when I should. Forgive me, Lord. I don’t want to hold on to the anger or worry or frustration that I have allowed into my life.
With confession comes cleansing and forgiveness, for the grace of God washes us clean and helps us start again to repair breaches we have caused. Then we can look at the fruits of the Spirit and try again to exercise in our daily lives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. May God help us live in His Spirit to the honor and glory of his name.
Fill me with your Holy Spirit, Lord. Let me welcome into my life the attributes of the Spirit, for they allow me to live as you would wish. I cannot find peace unless I willingly consent to be rid of all that splinters and tears us apart. I cannot love while holding on to hate. Remind me again that I belong to you. Christ has taken upon himself on the cross our earthly passions that cause much damage. Crucify in me that which is counter to your Spirit. Instead, let our steps match those of your Spirit, because that’s what you want for us. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.