This past week in the USA we’ve celebrated Independence Day, and the freedoms we’re blessed with as a nation. As I was thinking about who we are as a nation and those freedoms, I was reminded of Galatians 5:1, 22-23 which reads:
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery….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.”
Faith in Christ is based on some very simple concepts, concepts seen in these verses, concepts that should be fairly easy to incorporate into and be guided by in our lives. The Fruit of the Spirit are a big part of what makes us free as believers. They’re also qualities that should be part of every human life, not just those with faith in Jesus. What has happened that these aren’t essential to who we are anymore, but instead our bank accounts and job successes are?
Like this verse says, I think we’ve gotten ourselves tied down with things that ultimately don’t matter, and have forgotten what really does. Yes, to an extent I’m talking about spiritual truths. But I’m really talking about basic concepts of human nature that seem to be missing in many relationships and individuals’ lives. Many of us don’t know how to speak with another person with decency and courtesy, don’t seem to care about consequences of their actions, and don’t do their part in spreading peace.
This week I encourage you to put these qualities back in your life. I’m not assuming you’re someone who doesn’t live by these, maybe you are. But I am confident that you have moments of weakness and forgetfulness like I do. Maybe a reminder like these cool stair decals or this plaque are just what you need. I don’t know about you, but I think the world would be a better place if we all lived more by these Fruit. And the only way to make that happen is if we first start living that way ourselves.