Accomplished by the Spirit
Dec 28, 2009 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments
"By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let usnot become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another." ~Galatians 5:22-26
Spiritual formation is being formed by the Spirit into the image of Christ. It is the Spirit’s work, in the Spirit’s way, and in the Spirit’s time. The Spirit keeps us free and fruitful. When we draw our life and strength from the Spirit we are freed from the sinful desires that arise from human weakness (5:16). When we are led by the Spirit we are freed from the need to earn and perform (5:18). We are even freed from trying to be virtuous by the guarantee of fruitfulness (5:22).
Holy Spirit, empower me to follow your leading and grow your precious fruit within me. Amen.