“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”
An old pastor once said to me that you can tell what kind of Christian someone is when something falls on their toe and their reaction to it. Although this has comical undertones there is a truth hidden in there. When life’s pressures and temptations squeeze us, what is our reaction to them and what comes our of us?
Galatians 5:22 highlights the list of the 9 fruits of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Notice that not one of these things is an attribute that we alone can muster up. Every characteristic mentioned here is indicative of a life filled by the Spirit and the fruit that produces. We alone cannot be kind, loving and gentle in and of our strength. We cannot muster up self-control to withstand the enemies temptations on our own. The only way to live a fruit filled life, is to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily and rely on Him in everything.
Let us live by the Holy Spirit’s power and not in our own strength. Let us follow His leading, not just when we are in public places, but also in the quietness of our homes, in the moments we are alone. Let us nail every sinful pleasure and desire we have to the cross. Let the Holy Spirit completely fill us, remove our sin and birth new life in our hearts and minds that produces the kind of fruit that bring glory to Jesus’ Name. We don’t just want to be known as nice person who didn’t get angry when something dropped on their toe, rather we want to live our lives to show the world that through life’s hardship there is hope, through the trials there is peace and through temptations there is victory: His name is Jesus Christ.