Today’s Reading | Galatians 5
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.
How are the acts of the sinful nature demonstrated in my life? (5:19-21)
In what ways do I see the fruit of the Spirit in my life? (5:22-26)
What can I do to diminish the acts of the sinful nature and increase the fruit of the spirit in my life?
What personal commitment can I make in light of today’s reading?