Galatians 5:22-23

“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.” – Galatians 5:22.

The faithful usually have favorite scripture passage, psalm, or biblical story from which they gain comfort, strength, or both. The above is one of mine, and is nearly identical whether quoted in the King James or New International Version of the Bible.

The book of Galatians in the New Testament was written by the Apostle Paul to Galatia, intended to reiterate the necessity of grace through faith rather than by works of men. “Christian freedom is not an excuse to gratify one’s lower nature; rather, it is an opportunity to love one another (Galatians 5:13; 6:7-10). Such freedom does not insulate one from life’s struggles. Indeed, it may intensify the battle between the Spirit and the flesh. Nevertheless, the flesh (the lower nature) has been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20); and, as a consequence, the Spirit will bear His fruit such as love, joy, and peace in the life of the believer (Galatians 5:22-23).” (http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Galatians.html)

You may find it interesting why I find the above verse important. Paul’s words, particularly in this short passage, illustrate benefits from an abiding faith that can come to you as you walk this planet for a single time. We can achieve all these things of grace listed–love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control–simply through faith. There is no waiting period, no time frame, it is only necessary to believe and practice one’s faith to the fullest degree to partake of the grace promised.

My view is uncomplicated, simplistic, and straight forward. Grace is not achieved easily, it requires work on a daily, hourly, basis.

 

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