Christians love the fruit of the Spirit. I frequently (almost daily) ask God to renew His Holy Spirit in me and I ask him to fill me with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). As Christians, we are called to be Christ-like and I can't think of a better way to be Christ-like than to be full of the fruit of the Spirit and to exhibit the fruit to others.
But how often do we really think about Galatians 5:19-21
? How often do you hear Christians quote the three verses listed above? Why do we skip over these three verses and go right for the "good" verses? The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God. Each and every word is there for a reason and all the words are there because God wanted them to be there.
The apostle Paul penned these words over 1,950 years ago. He wrote them specifically to the Galatians, but they are words of wisdom for Christians of all ages. It is no accident that Paul wrote the words in Galatians 5:19-21 before he wrote the words in 5:22-23. God inspired Paul to write these words to warn us that we can't be living for the flesh, selfishly for ourselves and be full of the fruit of the Spirit. The flesh wars against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh (Galatians 5:17
). You can't have it both ways.
In verses 19-21, Paul lists the lusts of the flesh. If you are entertaining your fleshly desires, you cannot be full of the "good" fruit. We serve Jesus Christ our Lord or we serve sin. Please notice Paul's somber warning at the end of verse 21: those who do such things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God
. This is very serious folks. Who are you serving today? Are you serving Jesus our Master or have you foolishly put yourself on the throne and are you doing as you please?
Do not be deceived. If there has been no change in your life after you confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior, then you really are not saved. If God isn't sanctifying you, if He isn't drawing you closer to Himself and convicting you of your sins, then you really need to examine yourself to see if you are in the faith. Salvation is supernatural. God changes you on the inside. He takes away your fleshly desires and gives you His desires (Philippians 2:13
If you are reading this and are unsure if you have truly been saved, then please cry out to God to save you. Salvation is the free gift from God (Romans 6:23
). If God is convicting you right now that you are lost and on the road to Hell (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
), please ask God to forgive you for sins. Ask God to grant you repentance and faith. Please understand that salvation is more than just saying a prayer when you were a child. Salvation is of the Lord. When God truly saves you, He will grant you repentance toward Himself and faith toward Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21
Repentance is a change of mind. Repentance is a change in direction. You stop running head first into the sins you used to love. You understand how wicked your sins are to our Holy God (Psalm 14:1
). You turn away from your sins and turn to God (Acts 3:19
). You stop trusting in your own goodness and rely solely on the goodness of Jesus to save you from your sins. You put your faith in Him alone (Galatians 2:16
Then God will start sanctifying you and He will take away the fleshly desires listed in Galatians 5:19-21. Then He will start giving you the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. You don't usually start exhibiting all of these over night. It takes time for God to mold you into the person He wants you to be for all of eternity. Please, repent and believe the Gospel today if you haven't done so already.