But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV)
That is what I want to do. This is the kind of life that I want to live. What do you want to do? What kind of life do you want to live? I want to keep in step with you. How will you know if you are keeping in step with me? I will listen to your voice. I will meet with you in your word. I will hear all that you have to say to me. I will put into practice all that you are showing me. I will take hold of you word as it takes hold of me. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That’s good. What else? What changes will you notice in your heart and mind and life as you keep in step with me? I will notice that my hunger and thirst for God will grow as I keep in step with you. My passion to love and follow and serve Him will increase while my desire for the world will decrease as I keep in step with you. Passion to know God and be known by Him will burn within me. I will want what He wants. I will want to live the life that He has called me to live. He will change the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth, and the deeds of my life. I will think and speak and act differently as I keep in step with you. That’s true. What else? Your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will grow in me as I keep in step with you. That’s true. Will you be able to notice that my fruit is growing in you on a daily basis? No, probably not, that doesn’t seem likely. Why is that? Little by little and day by day you will be changing me as your fruit is growing in me. I may not notice. I may be the last to notice. But, the growth of your fruit in me is certain as I keep in step with you. Yes, it is. You will mold and shape my life. You will make me into the person I have been called to be. You will enable me to live the life that I have been called to live. Yes, I will as you keep in step with me. Of that, I am certain. That is very good.
Holy Spirit, help me to keep in step with you. Give me a hunger for you and a distaste for the things of this world. I no longer want to keep in step with my old sinful nature and the passions and desires of this world. Instead, I want your fruit to grow fully in me. Amen
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