“No Law; Only The Harvest Of The Spirit” ( Galatians 5: 22 – 23, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“If the Spirit is the source of our life,” writes Paul to the church at Galatia, “let the Spirit also direct our course.” (Galatians 5:25) The source of power for a sailing ship is the wind; the sail captures the wind and — in conjunction with the rudder — directs the course of the ship through the waters of the world. The Spirit of God is the source of our life in Christ; so we must allow the Spirit to direct our lives.

And “the harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law dealing with such things as these.” (Galatians 5:23)

“If [we] sow in the field of the Spirit, the Spirit will bring [us] a harvest of eternal life. So let us never tire of doing good.” (Galatians 6:8-9) “Therefore, as opportunity offers, let us work for the good of all, especially members of the household of the faith.” (Galatians 6:10)

“But God forbid that [we] should boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world is crucified to [us] and [we] to the world! Circumcision is nothing; uncircumcision is nothing; the only thing that counts is new creation! Whoever they are who take this principle for their guide, peace and mercy be upon them.” (Galatians 6:14-16)

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