What does it mean to live in the Spirit? This is a puzzling question that I had to ask in prayer.
Over the years, I have heard different interpretations about what it means to live in the spirit. For one, some say, “pray and give everything up to God”. While that is true, there is more to it than just this. It is clear in the bible about how we are to live in the spirit.
Galatians 5:22-25 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit”.
I love the last verse “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit”. To me, that is simply put, if you are going to talk the talk, then you should be walking the walk. It is no easy feat to just go out and walk the walk… It is a daily and conscious sacrifice to God to follow His will diligently throughout the entire 24 hour period.
I was asked if we essentially can choose when or when not to live in God’s will. My reply was simply “We can choose to do what we want… It comes with the beautiful gift of free will that God blessed us with. However, consequences come with those choices. God does not want to force us to do anything, He is a gentleman. If that were the case, how would we ever see His grace? The degree which we experience His grace depends on how much we are willing to bend to His will for us. He wants us to freely come to Him. He wants willing followers, not slaves.
God loves us so much that He made the word flesh and allowed His son to be crucified for our sins. This wasn’t a regular death. This was the most humiliating death to endure at the time. That paved the way for us to freely come to God to ask for forgiveness for our sins and to repent at anytime, and anywhere. All of us collectively must come together and focus 100% on seeking the joy, love, peace, and grace of our Lord every day.
1 John 1:5 – “This then is the message which we have heard from Him and declare unto you: that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all”.
If we aspire to live like Christ, then this is what our lives should look like.
Until next time my brother and sisters in Christ, God bless.