“For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
The apostle Paul wrote his letter to the church in Galatia in an attempt to strongly remind them that adhering to religious law was a dreadful return to captivity. They had abandoned the character traits that the Holy Spirit had already embedded in them in their fear of freedom, and had returned to the familiar: following religious law. They were allowing the law, instead of guidance from the Holy Spirit, to define their behavior.
The Galatians were afraid that freedom would lead them to sin. They did not understand that surrendering to the Holy Spirit would take away their desire to sin; they did not understand that surrender would replace sinful desire with faith, character, grace and love.
Beginning next week, I…
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