Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh….19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering/patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance/self-control: against such there is no law.
There are unfamiliar words in this letter of Paul’s to the church at Galatia, but the words we do know are sin. The works of our flesh are ‘sin’. They show themselves in our unholy behavior. Adultery, fornication, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, wrath, strife, heresies, envy, murder, and drunkenness are familiar enough that they need not be defined. They set the tone for Paul’s statement that, doing these things will not get you to heaven. We have a lot of help running a muck in this world. The world, our own flesh and the devil persist in tantalizing us with every wicked and shiny and pleasurable vision of what could be if we only had this or that, or would do such and such.
That way is like a very wide road and a lot of people go down that road. The way we should travel is the narrow road that leads to salvation. We should not step off this path. God will light the path for us, one step at a time. On this path, we will find the fruit of righteousness and all that it produces in us by the Holy Spirit. This fruit works in us and makes a difference in the atmosphere around us.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control affect all those whose lives we touch daily. Let us be to them the tree of life abounding in the precious life giving ‘fruit’ of the Spirit of the Lord. Let us pass on the inheritance of faith for the Kingdom.