| Galatians 5:22-26 |
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. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh 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.
Funny how it is so instinctive to compare yourself to others: this person's life looks so much better than mine; that person's talent is so much greater; why does my daughter cry when her father or grandfather leave but can't care less when I do, etc. These thoughts and worries reveal what matters to me, how I measure my self-worth and the ugliness of begrudging others success and skill just because it makes me seem less than. How far it is from loving, from having joy (in my own circumstance and for others).
So as Paul urges in verse 16, I want to "walk by the Spirit" so that I may be able to reflect the Fruit of the Spirit.
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