Week beginning: 13th October, 2013
By Gerard Chrispin | London
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
In our confusing world, what was previously unlawful is now regarded as lawful and even very good and to be promoted. Conversely some open air gospel preachers have been arrested while lawfully presenting the gospel. Hopefully this is because of a misunderstanding of the law.
But in Galatians 5 is something that is absolutely and unarguably NOT against the law. 'Against such there is no law'. It is a Christian lifestyle that manifests the Spirit's fruit in the life of the believer in Christ. It comes because anyone repenting from sin and trusting Christ is indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
As He fills and takes over our lives day by day by His grace, whatever problems and frustrations may come our way, He grows God's 'love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control' in our lives. Though we have still so much to learn, that will shine out in our dark and self-pleasing world. Spirit-filled Christians do reflect the 'Light of the World' who died for us and rose again.
Think how many serious crimes would never have been committed if the fruit of the Spirit had been growing in the lives of their perpetrators. Men and women need Christ – including those we meet every day. This is another challenge as to whether my desk or work place shows forth the Saviour in my life.
1. Am I yielded to Christ and seeking that His Spirit should fill me day by day and do I rejoice that I have a Saviour who deals with, blesses, and uses flawed people like me?
2. Give thanks for the fellowship already enjoyed at the regional conferences, and pray for those still to take place.