Daily Devotions – Spiritual Fruit is for Others

 

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Galatians 5:19-26 New International Version (NIV)
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, 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.

 

These two lists are rooted in our relationships. Hatred or jealousy is something you hold against another person. Patience and kindness is something you give to others. Obviously, we are not perfect, but the fruit of the Spirit is what we should always be praying for in our relationships, especially with our fellow Christians! What fruit do you need the Spirit to produce more of in your life right now? Gentleness? Self-control? There is no law restricting you from having too much self-control!

 

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