In Galatians chapters 5:13-6, Paul teaches the Fruits of the Spirit and tells us to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (5:16).
Good works do not save,
but a Christian must have the desire
to produce good fruit,
obey God’s Law
and live a holy and righteous life
in the eyes of God.
With the Holy Spirit's guiding Christians can live this redeemed life.
Paul's words to us:
For, dear brothers,
you have been given freedom:
not freedom to do wrong,
but freedom to love
and serve each other.
For the whole Law can be summed up
in this one command:
“Love others as you love yourself.”
But if instead of showing love among yourselves
you are always critical and catty,
Beware of ruining each other.
I advise you to obey only the Holy Spirit’s instructions.
He will tell you where to go and what to do,
and then you won’t always be doing the wrong things
your evil nature wants you to.
For we naturally love to do evil things
that are just the opposite from the things
that the Holy Spirit tells us to do;
and the good things we want to do
when the Spirit has his way with us
are just the opposite of our natural desires.
These two forces within us
are constantly fighting each other
to win control over us,
and our wishes
are never free from their pressures.
When you are guided by the Holy Spirit,
you need no longer force yourself
to obey Jewish laws.
But when you follow your own wrong inclinations,
your lives will produce these evil results:
eagerness for lustful pleasure,
spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons),
hatred and fighting,
jealousy and anger,
constant effort to get the best for yourself,
complaints and criticisms,
the feeling that everyone else is wrong
except those in your own little group—
and there will be wrong doctrine,
and all that sort of thing.
Let me tell you again,
as I have before,
that anyone living that sort of life
will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives
he will produce this kind of fruit in us:
and here there is no conflict
with Jewish laws.
Those who belong to Christ
have nailed their natural evil desires
to his cross and crucified them there.
If we are living now
by the Holy Spirit’s power,
let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading
in every part of our lives.
Then we won’t need to look for
honors and popularity,
which lead to jealousy
and hard feelings.
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