Galatians 5 :1, 13-25
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“Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.” –Galatians 5:16
Alive in the Spirit
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When reading the section of Paul’s letter to the early church in Galatia today – it’s important to remember where we’ve been before this. In our new life in Christ, we are no longer slave or free, male and female, Jew or Greek. This is what we are given in our baptism. We are clothed with Christ.
We have been made free.
When we live into our freedom and become slaves to one another – we see the fruit that Paul lists in verse 22.
Is it defined by service to others?
Questions to Ponder or Discuss
1. Look carefully at the two lists Paul gives in verses 19-22. Which one characterizes your life? Do the things you do with your freedom build up community or break community?
2. When you see the list of “fruit of the Spirit” do you feel like it’s a list of things you have to DO? What can you do to see it not as things you can work hard at, but as things that grow out of a connected and spirit-led life?
3. Martin Luther said that “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant, subject to all.” What might this mean for your daily life?
You are free. Say it, right now, out loud “I am free.” In your baptism, you were set free. Free from all the ways this world tries to make you work and live and love for the sake of yourself. Free from lifting yourself up at the expense of someone else. Now what?
Take a few minutes in prayer and ask yourself how you might use your freedom for the sake of someone else. Then go out, and live it.