“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
What does it mean to you to walk in the Spirit? How well do you think you are doing? As I looked through my journals, I came across this entry about walking in the Spirit.
“The fruit of the Spirit is confusing to me. Am I not supposed to do something for these fruits to be produced in my life? If God produces fruit in my life, then what is my role in walking in the Spirit? What does that even mean? How do I bring such strong desires under the control of the Holy Spirit, and why is it so hard to do? Why do I want to anyway? Wouldn’t it just be easier to give in to these desires? These questions are what I am going to attempt to answer as I learn how to bring my desires under the control of the Holy Spirit.”
I wrote this one week before I quit drinking for good.
You can be happy to know that it is not up to us to produce the fruit of the Spirit. That is God’s job. Our job is to obey. Is it worth it? You better believe it is!