In Galatians 5, Paul describes the "fruit" of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. It is a vivid picture revealing such complete opposite attitudes, mindsets, and the issues of life that spring from our hearts.(See Prov.4:23) that it is the difference between darkness and light. Darkness is the absence of light, and sin always hides in darkness. Jesus said, "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." God is LIGHT and in HIM is NO darkness at all ! If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.(See 1 John 1:5-10)
We all bring forth fruit. But we must look to see WHAT fruit we are producing, because it is BY our fruit that we are known. Jesus said, "A good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:43-45) "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit." (Matt.12:33)
"Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s." (1 Cor.6:19-20) "I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law..... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." (Gal.5:16-18, 22-25)
Romans 8 goes on to talk about the flesh versus the Spirit. "But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." (Rom.8:9-10 - Read from v.1 through to v.17) May we all, in these Last Days, SO LET OUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN THAT THEY WILL SEE OUR GOOD FRUIT and glorify our Father who is in heaven.(Matt.5:16) For this world that lives in gross darkness is in need of great light! Let us bring forth much fruit and let our light, the LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST ABIDING IN US be seen by all, for HIS glory and praise!
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