Devotions for May 6, 2014

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Galatians 5:16-26

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: When you think of things that grow, what examples come to mind? Babies or children? Plants? What things are needed for those, or anything else, to grow? Can anything grow to a healthy, full maturity if it is ignored? How can this be applied to your relationship with Jesus? What do you need in order to see growth in that relationship?

Q: After reading through the “Fruits of the Spirit”, what kinds of fruit does your life produce? Do you see and recognize the fruits in your life? Do others? What do you do in order to produce more fruit? What about producing other fruit? Is there an area that you wish you were more productive in?

Q:Gardeners will tell you that in order to get a good harvest, you need to cut and prune away part of the plant. Do you allow God to prune away things from your life in order to make you more productive? Do you search your own heart in order to ask God to cut away certain things?

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