In Galatians 5:16-17 it says: So I say live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of your sinful nature. For the sinful nature what is contrary to the spirit and the spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.
We should be reading this a lot because don’t we find ourselves doing things we should not do or say ? Like if you are standing with someone who does not abide by God’s word and says things you find yourself jumping in on? Saying things about other people you should not say. Hiding the truth from another believer for fear of hurting them.
So let me just put this in prospective, Paul says these are the acts of a sinful nature, sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery,idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like.
Paul’s next sentence is: I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
But then Paul talks about the fruit of the Spirit: joy, peace, patience kindness,goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
So I say to you, the reader, are you following the fruit or the sin? Try to remind yourself of this when you open that mouth. it’s probably going to get you in trouble if you say the things that can enable someone to repeat bad behavior.
Seek the right fruit and love our God and Savior Jesus Christ the Lord!