Okay, A Little More
Reread Galatians Chapter 5
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Okay, I could not resist. We will look at the fruits of the Spirit again, even though most of us have studied them over and over for years. As an afterthought yesterday, it was mentioned that if we were to improve to “10’s” in regard to all of the fruits of the Spirit, we would have little trouble resisting our same-sex temptations. Actually, that’s true for any sin, but our focus is naturally on SSA.
Love – We’ve had this subject many times. If we truly loved others as we should, we would not engage in any unholy acts with them. We would be more concerned about their spiritual condition than our fleshly desires.
Joy – If we are in a state of joy over our fortunate relationship with Christ, we would not be seeking a false joy in other things or other activities.
Peace – When we are at peace in our current circumstance, we don’t look for other kinds of circumstances.
Patience – We would be more patient with God, and allow Him to fix our problems rather than seeking other solutions.
Kindness – This is a state of mind which makes us more concerned over the welfare of others. That takes our minds off ourselves.
Goodness – This too focuses our minds on helping others rather than pleasing ourselves.
Faithfulness – We could use our faithfulness to our Lord and Savior as an example, or we could use our faithfulness to our family and friends. Either one takes us away from same-sex attractions.
Gentleness – Gentleness helps us to forgive others, which is another fruit that takes our minds off of our personal desires.
Self-control – This one is obvious. If we have learned to exercise self-control, we will much more easily resist any and all temptations that come our way.
We can’t close without thinking about how we obtain greater strength to produce these fruits. The obvious one is to stay close to Jesus.
Jn 15:4 Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.
Another one: We produce fruit by avoiding the fruitless deeds of darkness, and by finding out what pleases our Lord.
Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
It is common sense to understand that the less evil we do, the more good we are likely to do. The more good we do, the less likely we are to commit sin. Once our cycle of life gets started rolling in the right direction, evil wanes and fruits of the Spirit increase.
Prayer: Father, we know all this. Yet we haven’t yet given it our all in order to produce more and more fruit. Help us, Lord. Overpower us with Your Spirit.