19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.
As we come to the end of this exercise of reading the Bible in a year, I will admit that there were some readings that were tedious and hard to get through. That was the case with chapters four and five of Galatians, until I got to this part. Paul is telling the Galatians, and us, that even while we live in this world with its ways, we are to live differently. We are to be guided by the Spirit. (more…)