by Arch Hoercher
In review, the foundation of the Fruit of the Spirit is love. Without God’s love in us, all the other graces of the fruit would not manifest themselves. All Christians have the privilege to bask in the sunshine of God’s love and by doing so should feel Christ’s joy and peace filling us up to overflowing. As we grow in Christ’s love the fruit of the Spirit grows with that love. The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:23 that, “Against such things there is no law”. In other words, if your life operates in the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit, the law has no power over you because you are living in the fullness of grace. In verse 24, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we belong to Christ our shortcomings and sin (passions and desires) were crucified to the cross as Christ was crucified to the cross.
The last verse of this study, Paul wrote that: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” We live by the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit indwells all Christians through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit lives within each one of us, but Paul said that we should keep in step with the Spirit. It is like a marching band keeping in step with each other. Keeping in step with each other shows unity and support. But if we can keep in step, we can also be out of step. We must keep in step with the Spirit, the Spirit will not keep in step with us. For all the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit to occur in our lives, we must keep in step with the Spirit. As we grow in Christ Jesus, keeping “in step” will become easier and we will be living out the fruit of the Spirit.