Galatians 5. Forum Discussion

Fruit of the Spirit and works of the flesh

There is a constant battle going on between the Spirit and the flesh.

In Galatians 5:16-18, Paul writes:

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.” 

This begs the question, “What does it mean to be led by the Spirit?”

To answer that question, we need to better understand the opposing forces of the Spirit and the flesh.

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (Galatians 5:22-23)

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • And self-control

WORKS OF THE FLESH (Galatians 5:19-21)

  • Immorality
  • Impurity
  • Sensuality
  • Idolatry
  • Sorcery
  • Enmities
  • Strife
  • Jealousy
  • Outbursts
  • Anger
  • Disputes
  • Dissensions
  • Factions
  • Envying
  • Drunkenness
  • Carousing
  • and things like these

Since God, Jesus and the Spirit are all One, following the Spirit means following God and Jesus. It means humbling ourselves and living a life of service to God. Being led by the Spirit means we do what God wants, not what we want.

Conversely, living according to the flesh means disregarding God’s commandments, and doing whatever we feel like doing.

They are opposite directions. One leading to heaven, the other to hell.

It is important to note that Paul uses the phrase “Led by the Spirit” in Galatians 5:18. This scripture brings about an important question.

“Who or what are we going to be led by?”

Joshua pondered that same question in the Old Testament. Joshua was Moses’ successor as Israel’s leader in approximately 1400 B.C. He was a leader known for his obedience, faithfulness and dedication to God and His Word. In leading his people, Joshua challenged them with the following statement:

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15.

That is the same decision that we must make today.

If we follow the works of the flesh, we will not know God and He will not know us. This path leads to eternal damnation. Paul writes in Galatians 5:21, “Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

If we choose to follow God, we must walk in the Spirit. We must put God first and live a life that is full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Paul writes that, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” – Galatians 5:24.

To crucify the flesh means to turn away from the sins described in Galatians 5:19-21.

God gives us freewill to decide who and what we will follow. If we choose a life led by the Spirit, we will follow the teachings of Jesus and put away the fleshly sins of the past.

1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”

While delivering His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus pleaded with His followers to make the right choice:

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Mathew 7:13-14.

The choice is ours to make. We must decide for ourselves who we are going to follow. Those of us that make the decision to follow Jesus and turn away from the fleshly sins of our past, will spend eternity in heaven.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we conclude our study on the book of Galatians. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Peggy Sue

One of the main things that I found is be careful who you spend time with. Even if they claim to be a Christian. They may not be walking with the Lord or even realize that there actions are not Godly. Pray and ask God to help you show them their error of Life in a Godly loving way. Pray for them. Only God can do His work in them not me or you.

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John

We should walk by spirit

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John
Peggy Sue

Appreciate your thoughts Peggy Sue.

“Bad company corrupts good morals”

1 Corinthians 15:33

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Michael

Surround ourselves with people that share our love for the Lord so we can encourage one another to stay on the straight and narrow.

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