Now those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
To walk by the Spirit is to walk a journey. It is a journey in that it is a daily walk. It is also a journey that we cannot walk on our own; we need the Holy Spirit to help us.
One way He helps is by providing His fruit to be in our lives. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – His fruit. As we demonstrate these in our lives, we verify that we are on the path of God. It is a blessing to have that confidence of following the right path.
Let us not become boastful, challenging one another,
envying one another.
It is interesting that this is the very next thought! Working with children as I do I hear this verse acted out often. One child will do something well. The next child will attempt to demonstrate that he is better at it. If one of them can’t best the other, he will often go out in a fuss. The jealousy he feels towards the other makes him talk about the other person in belittling terms, like liar, cheater. What is our response to other Christians who seem to be doing things better than we are?
If we are walking in the Spirit, we are going the best way. What makes it the best way is not the person on the way or even the way itself. What makes it the best way is the Holy Spirit Himself. We who follow God should not boast or fuss in the immature way of a child. We should keep our focus on God and allow the Holy Spirit to have complete control of our lives so His fruit can be demonstrated in us. The result will be beautiful.
And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them