My grandsons’ love to go to the apple store. They are too young to understand why I always chuckle when they mention the apple store. Oh, not the place that sells iPhones and has a Genius Bar, but the farm stand down the block from their house. As inviting as the Apple Store is with its shiny electronics and gadgets, it can’t match the colors and smells of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The book of Galatians contrasts two lives – one lead by the sinful nature and one lead by the Spirit. The author, Paul, gives us two lists. Galatians 5:19 -21 and the other in Galatians 5:22-23. I have included TPT – The Passion Translation and the NIV translation. Both translations show such stark contrasts.
“The cravings of the self-life are obvious: Sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, pornography, chasing after things instead of God, manipulating others, hatred of those who get in your way, senseless arguments, resentment when others are favored, temper tantrums, angry quarrels, only thinking of yourself, being in love with your own opinions, being envious of the blessings of others, murder, uncontrolled addictions, wild parties, and all other similar behavior.” Galatians 5:19-21 TPT
“But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions:
joy that overflows,
peace that subdues,
patience that endures,
kindness in action,
a life full of virtue,
faith that prevails,
gentleness of heart, and
strength of spirit.
Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.” Galatians 5:22-23 TPT
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21 NIV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
I found this beautiful explanation of the fruit of the Spirit by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Joy is love’s strength.
Peace is love’s security.
Patience (forbearance) is love’s endurance.
Kindness is love’s conduct.
Goodness is love’s character.
Faithfulness is love’s confidence.
Gentleness is love’s humility.
Self-control is love’s victory.
Lord, thank you for the yummy fruit that fills my belly but thank you even more for your Spirit that fills my life.
Disclaimer: I am not saying The Apple Store aka where they sell iPhones is sinful just want us to be clear on that. Thanks.