Rotten Fruit

Galatians 5:19  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,

Galatians 5:20  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,

Galatians 5:21  envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Am I immune to deeds of the flesh? Sad to say, no I am not. Just the other day on the golf course a man came up and said some mean spirited things to one of the men I was playing golf with. I allowed His attitude to affect my attitude, so being more like Peter than Jesus I let my tongue start wagging before engaging my brain. This happens on occasion but thankfully not often. Later when the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sin, I felt bad about my reaction, because no matter what he said, I should not have reacted like I did. He was gone, plus I didn’t recognize him as someone I knew, so reconciliation was not possible at that time. Later I did apologize to the Lord and asked for forgiveness. Who knows who might have seen me, knew me, and heard me. In that instance I was a bad witness for my Lord, I was producing bad fruit. No bad words or the like, but just an obvious bad attitude. I have come a long way with the Lord but I am still capable of saying or doing things that do not please Him. Like Paul’s thorn in the side, I think things like this help me understand how inadequate I am in controlling my actions against the flesh on my own. When I look at the rotten fruit list in the passage above I feel bad for those that try to overcome the evil on their own. Thankfully I have the Lord to help me escape the temptations I face.

 

Lord, I ask Your Holy Spirit to keep convicting me when I sin against You. I thank You for a way out of my temptations, and forgiveness of my sin

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Practice is a key word in Paul’s warning. The sense of this Greek verb describes continual, habitual action. Although believers undoubtedly can commit these sins, those people whose basic character is summed up in the uninterrupted and unrepentant practice of them cannot belong to God