Updated: Feb 25, 2019
"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)
Some people unknowingly allow all kinds of strife to take root in their hearts-- bitterness, malice, anger, envy, anger, hatred, and all forms of wickedness. But the Apostle Paul admonishes us in Ephesians 4 to put away all of these things and walk in love:
"Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."
But the question is, how do you consistently walk in love in a world where there's so much hate? Our opening text gives us the answer: "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh". When you walk in the Spirit, you see and walk differently-- your perspective is different, walking in love is natural to you. Being born again, you have the capacity to love even the most difficult or seemingly unlovable people.
When you walk in the Spirit, the love of God emits from you profusely; you're kind-hearted and compassionate, you live beyond yourself and transcend selfish desires. When you walk in the Spirit, you go beyond the thought process of "This is what I want" or "This is how I like it". You think differently, and you put others before yourself.
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."
When you walk in the Spirit, you see with His eyes and think godly and loving thoughts towards others. There won't be even an iota of anger, selfishness, bitterness, or resentment manifested in or through you-- those things just don't find any place in you. The words of Jesus in Matthew 5:43-44 become your lifestyle:
"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."
Dear Father, I thank you for the infilling of the Holy Spirit that I experience always. My thoughts, words, and actions are motivated by Your love. Your love causes me to see and relate with others with the love of Christ, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22-25