Works Or Fruit? Part Two

Fruit is an inner work of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who is submitted and controlled by Him. Works of our flesh are visual evidence when we are not. Three verses before the fruit of the Spirit was listed in Galatians 5:22, Paul recorded 17 evident workings of one controlled by their flesh. You can read them for yourself. They are the opposite of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 says, “That you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.” The Amplified says, “…bear yourselves becomingly and be correct and honorable and command the respect of the outside world…”

Romans 12:18 says, “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Living as one set free from enslavement to sin, is a testimony of one who walks in the Spirit.

John said it another way. 1 John 2:6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought Himself also to walk just as He walked.” Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

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