What does it look like to live a Christ-centered life? The Bible spells out the importance of putting Jesus at the center of your life, with the scriptures revealing what it truly looks like when you fully allow Christ to transform you.
Known as the “fruit of the spirit,” there are nine attributes that serve as proof that God is in control over our lives. Detailed in Galatians 5, these are: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
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The first attribute — love — is something that Jesus deeply emphasized during his earthly ministry, proclaiming the following in John 13:34 (NIV):
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
With that in mind, let’s explore what Galatians 5 tells us about living a Christian life. The chapter typically gets the majority of attention due to its inclusion of the fruit of the spirit, but there are countless truths within worthy of deeper exploration:
Find Freedom in Christ
Galatians 5 tells us that Jesus has set us free from our sins. Christians are told to “stand firm,” and to allow Jesus to transform our hearts and lives.
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Love also occupies an important place in the opening scriptures, with Galatians 5:6 (NIV) proclaiming, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
Hold to Truth No Matter What Unfolds
Obeying truth is essential. And the Bible is clear that Christ is the source of truth. When confusion strikes, it’s essential we cling to the God who loves and created us. It is His standards that most matter.
Galatians 5:13 (NIV) offers a powerful call to us all when it comes to the power of our freedom: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
Flesh vs. The Spirit: Have Discernment
Galatians 5 also inspires us to remember that there is a conflict between the whims of the flesh and the call of the spirit. Verse 17 reminds us, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.”
In the end, we are told that living selfishly and routinely engaging in acts that run counter to the gospel puts us at risk of not spending eternity with the Almighty.
Embrace the Fruit of the Spirit
One of the most powerful portions of Galatians 5 comes at the end when we are told the evidence for a spirit-filled life. For those who embrace Jesus, the passions of the flesh are drowned out by God’s standards.
Galatians 5:22 reads, “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.”
When we consider our own lives, let’s explore whether we are living out these truths.
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