The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

We live by many rules, whether they are rules of our government, rules of our religion, or rules of the social groups that we are a part of. But we can get so bogged down in following "the rules" that we forget the point of all of the rules. They are meant to give us structure so that we can be happy and satisfied. 

The scriptures repeatedly ask us to think about the rules that guide our lives. How do we know if we're following the right guidelines in the correct way? This passage from Galatians tells us that we'll know if we're living in the light of the Spirit if our actions are characterized by these results or "fruits." Are we becoming more patient? More gentle? Kinder? If so, then we're on the right track. 

But if not, we should rethink our daily practices. Do we need to spend more time in prayer, or go to church more regularly? We know we're on the right track if we see positive changes in our lives.