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I want to tell you something else about walking in the love of God. In Galatians, Paul speaks of walking in the Spirit. Remember, this letter was not written by only one church. It was written for all the churches in Galatia.

Galatians 5:16

  1. I say: GO IN SPIRIT, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh ...

Often, when believers talk about walking in the Spirit, their eyes become cloudy and their heads are blurred. They seem to think that walking in the Spirit is some kind of mystical experience when they seem to soar in the Holy Spirit.

But actually walking in the Spirit is very simple. Walking in the Spirit is walking in the fruits spirit. Walking in the Spirit is walking in of love.

Notice that Paul speaks of walking in the Spirit. He first lists the deeds of the flesh. Then he calls the fruits of the spirit.

Galatians 5: 16.18-25

  1. I say: GO IN SPIRIT, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh ...
  2. If you are led by SPIRIT, then YOU ARE NOT LAWED.
  3. THE WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE KNOWN, they are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, indecency,
  4. Idolatry, magic, enmity, quarrels, envy, anger, strife, disagreement, (temptations), heresies,
  5. Hatred, murder, drunkenness, outrage and the like. I am anticipating you, as I have foreseen before, that those who do so will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  6. FRUIT OF THE SAME SPIRIT: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, mercy, faith,
  7. Meekness, abstinence. SUCH NO LAW.
  8. But those who are of Christ crucified the flesh with passions and lusts.
  9. If we live in the spirit, then IN THE SPIRIT AND TO STEP MUST.

Paul said: “The works of the flesh are known ..."(Verse 19). Or we can say it this way: “If you walk in the flesh, then the deeds of the flesh will be known, and they will prevail in your life.”

And then Paul lists the deeds of the flesh: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, indecency, idolatry, magic, enmity, quarrels, envy, anger, strife, disagreement (temptations), heresies, hatred, murder, drunkenness, outrage.

But in verse 22 Paul also lists the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, mercy, faith, meekness, temperance.

Notice that Paul speaks of walking in the Spirit: “I say: act in spirit, and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”(Gal. 5:16).

But what to do in spirit? To walk in the spirit is to walk in the fruits of the spirit. To act in spirit is to walk in love! In other words, to act in spirit is to walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, mercy, faith, meekness and temperance.

Then Paul says: “There is no law on those". In other words, when you walk in the fruits of the spirit, there is no law that can testify against you, because you fulfill all the requirements of the law.

Therefore, in simpler terms, we can say that walking in the Spirit is walking in the nine fruits of the regenerated human spirit. This is all walking in the Spirit.

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