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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh

I tried something this last week.  Struggling with contention and strife in our house.  Quibbling and fighting.  One person was specifically the source, but others were following the lead and once it starts it's a downward spin.

Talking with Carpenter about the problem, he suggested that I help them realize that it's about walking in the flesh or walking in the Spirit.

So starting on Monday, we had some contention and I sent the "source" to Galatians 5:16-26
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.


17 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.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, self–control. Against such there is no law.

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.


Seems to be appropriate for the problems here.  So I had "the source" take a look at these verses in Galatians and make a list for me of the works of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit. 

Later on that day, "the source" was starting a problem.  I told "the source" to look at the list and let me know what work of the flesh was being played out at the time.

 "The source" came back with one word, "contention".  Oh, yeah, you're getting it.  I love it when they understand what I'm trying to communicate and helping them understand God's word better.

Making the most of today
Steph

February 7th - Reading through Leviticus 24 and Psalm 13.  Continuing to memorize Romans 1:1-14

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