Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?

What is Paul in Galatians really telling us to do? The Greek verb translated walking contradicts the idea that victory for Christians means that we do nothing. That we become passive or inactive, that we just sit around and wait for the Holy Spirit to do it all.

 

Galatians 5 couldn’t have meant this because the verb Paul used is in the imperative mood, meaning, that we should get up and do something. It isn’t something that someone else does for us, it is something we must do.

Moreover, the verb is in present tense or continuous tense, meaning that whatever you do is to be a habit with us.

Walking in the Spirit is to be a lifestyle with us.

Walking in the Spirit is to be our lifestyle, something we do every day and every moment, and throughout the rest of our lives.

Galatians 5: 1-26

In the context of Galatians 5, walking in the Spirit is the same as being led by the Spirit. We discover that the Spirit leads us to put off the desires and deeds of the flesh, to put off boastfulness, argumentativeness, envy, inconsiderateness and even cruelty toward others.

Walking in and being led by the Spirit involves standing firm in the faith; being considerate and loving toward others, developing a life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Let us walk in the Spirit together.

( Parts of this is taken from the book, “God’s Solution to Life’s Problems.”)

Until next time, Pam

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