But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law – Galatians 15:22-23.
Some days I’m lawless; feeling hopelessly unsaved and hell bound wondering how I’ll ever get to heaven having none of these traits. I feel chained to my sinful desires; dragged around by ‘acts of the flesh’ described in previous verses of this passage.
Other days I feel holy, saved and sanctified; full of patience, good deeds, and kindness.
I’m told living by my ‘fleshy desires’ won’t get me to heaven, and trying not to won’t get me there either:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast – Ephesians 2:8-9.
This idea that salvation was a gift I couldn’t earn, and yet it seemed I had to be ‘good’ to earn it used to confuse me an awful lot until I understood without Jesus I was condemned, ever since the day I was born, regardless of whether I was lawless or holy.
Even on my best days I still sin.
But Luke 9:23 tells us “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Daily I sin and daily I’m forgiven. My sin reminds me I’m human; God’s grace and mercy remind me I’m holy because He’s made me holy in spite of it all. Knowing this makes me want to follow Him better, and each day is a new day to ‘take up my cross.’
Sanctification is when I look back through the years and see that my days aren’t as littered with lawlessness as they used to be.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – Colossians 1:21-22
1.Even though I know I’m not perfect, do I see areas where I’ve made progress in my spiritual journey through the years?
2. How does it make me feel knowing God has forgiven me and each day I can start again?