5.19.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: The Fruit Bowl

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• So I said it was going to be a nine-day study, but… here’s Day 10.

Or a bonus day to wrap up our study of the Fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

We’ve gone over them all.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Now, let’s talk about the last sentence of these verses: “There is no law against these things!”

Why does this matter?

In those days, the idea of being free from the law of Moses was a radical idea.

If you’ve read Leviticus, the atonement process was overwhelming.

All those laws were in place to help set apart God’s chosen people and to restore the relationship that was broken because man’s slavery to sin.

However, the death and resurrection of Jesus offered freedom.

Romans 6, verses 7 and 14 say, “For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.”

So we live in the Age of Grace.

We don’t follow the laws of Moses.

And our generation is too far removed to fully appreciate the radical transition from sin offerings, guilt offerings, grain offerings, peace offerings, etc. to the grace of Jesus Christ.

But the Bible demonstrates again its timelessness; this verse is still so relatable to us.

Just before the Fruits of the Spirit are listed, Galatians 5:19-21 lists examples of our sinful nature, including, “sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins.”

The sins of yesteryear remain commonplace in our generation.

Let’s consider some of the legalities and rules on some of these sins.

Whether the consequences of these acts land a person in a court of law isn’t the point — these are the types of things that create hurt, anger, bitterness, resentment, confusion, disorder, and more.

They may feel good at the moment, but the effect and impact cause heartbreak and regret.

They created hurt, anger, bitterness, resentment, confusion, disorder, and more 2000 years ago.

They create hurt, anger, bitterness, resentment, confusion, disorder, and more today.

But because of the redemption offered by Jesus as the free gift of salvation, we can choose.

The Holy Spirit can help us fight against sin and recover from the impact sin has on our lives.

1 Corinthians 10:13 offers the promise we can cling to when faced with a choice of sin or obedience to Christ.

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

And we come full circle back to the Fruits of the Spirit.

With the Holy Spirit’s help — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control come together in the veritable fruit bowl of Christianity to help us seek His will, lay down our own, take off the heavy cloak of sin, and embrace the freedom God’s grace gives us.

And no one can criticize us for showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

No government can arrest us for showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

No one can accuse us when we act in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

There are no laws against these things!

Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for the freedom from sin that He offered us when He died on the cross.

Thank the Holy Spirit for His guidance and for filling you with good things and teaching you as you grow in Christ.

Ask for His help in bringing your fruit bowl to any and every situation.

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