• Pastor Charlie Rivens

The Journey Towards Redemption - Galatians‬ ‭5:16-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: 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. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 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. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:16-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Redemption is a wonderful thing; the cornerstone of Christianity in many ways. It is also both a gracious gift of Jesus and a lifelong pursuit of holding that gift in calibration with our own feelings. It’s easy to know you’ve been redeemed; it can be a lot more difficult to feel that way. To see it come to bear in our lives, to harvest those fruits of the spirit we’ve heard so much about. Especially when we seem to see it happening in other’s lives and not in our own – how can we counterbalance that frustration?

Just remember: the journey toward redemption is filled with goals that are extremely personal for you and that may look different from anyone else’s. What are your goals? What do you want over these next four days?


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