Live By The Spirit-Part 5

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 6:7-10

Is it true that a life lived in submission to the Holy Spirit is going to be a purer, nobler, kinder, gentler, more generous life than that lived according to a set of rules and regulations? Paul answers this question with a lesson from the farm. We know that we reap what we sow. If the seed we sow is self- gratifying pleasure, we harvest destruction. If the seed we sow is faith in Jesus Christ and submission to the Holy Spirit, we reap eternal life.

You may feel life lived according to the Spirit is too subjective to be trustworthy. Paul reminds us that it is as trustworthy as the law of the seed and the harvest. In the Holy Spirit the soul finds a Leader for life; a Decider in difficult times; a Comforter in sorrow; a Helmsman who steers one safely into the harbor.

We may think that the way to holiness is achieved through rigid observance of rules and regulations, but we cannot legislate morality and goodness. Purity and goodness come from the inner self. Paul states it concisely in Romans 7:6, “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (NIV)

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, take control of my life that I may live only for the honor and glory of Jesus my Savior. Amen