Read Galatians 5:1, 13-25.
In these verses, we’re reminded that the freedom offered in Jesus Christ is not all about ourselves. We talk about a personal relationship with Jesus, but we must remember that with this relationship comes a responsibility to the people Jesus loves. Just because we have proclaimed belief in Jesus does not mean we can act any old way we want without consequence. Accepting the grace of God through Jesus means we don’t want to treat others as inconsequential or disposable. It means we recognize the world does not revolve around us and our needs. We want to be aware of harm we may be causing to others and to God’s creation in the name of cheap products, cheap entertainment, or cheap shots. Jesus’ sacrifice is about freeing us from these “fleshy” behaviors and attitudes, and freeing us for behaviors and attitudes that align with his kingdom.
Of the fruits of the Spirit that Paul lists, which are easy for you and which are challenging? How might you practice those that don’t come naturally to you?
In prayer, ask for God’s help in bearing more fruit and better imitating Christ.