Today’s Reading

Galatians 5

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.

And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.

I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, 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.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

By the Spirit

If our actions cannot gain us favor with God, and we are not to live according to lists of right and wrong, can we then do whatever we want once we are saved? Not according to Paul. Paul writes that we are not to live by lists, but by the Spirit. He realizes that it could be possible for some to interpret his statements as a license to do wrong. They could use their freedom in Christ to do what their sinful nature wants to do, and then justify their behavior because as believers, they are free from restrictive laws. Paul wrote to correct that reasoning which some were living by. Instead, they were to fulfill the principle of Scripture: “love your neighbor as yourself,” while being guided by the Holy Spirit. We need to learn what the principles of Scripture are and then allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to live accordingly. We, as believers, live by Biblical principles, implemented by the guidance of the Holy Spirit, not by a list of rules from men. How are you doing in this area? Are you successfully living by the Holy Spirit? Use today’s questions to help you determine the steps you need to take to increase your dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Questions

Say What?

How are the acts of the sinful nature demonstrated in my life? (5:19-21)

So What?

In what ways do I see the fruit of the Spirit in my life? (5:22-26)

Now What?

What can I do to diminish the acts of the sinful nature and increase the fruit of the spirit in my life?

Then What?

What personal commitment can I make in light of today’s reading?