“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not mind high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Do not be wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16“This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary to one another: so that you cannot do the things that you have in mind. But if you are led of the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, contention, jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envy, murder, drunkenness, reveling, and things like this: of which I tell you now, as I have told you in time past, that they who exercise and practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that belong to the “anointed one” (Christ) have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not glory without reason, challenging one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:16-26
In the last several posts I have been pondering the Fruit of the Flesh and how it relates to the Humble. Just as a reminder, let's look at what James says about it:
"5 Do you think that the scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us is jealous? 6 But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says, God resists the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up." James 4:5-10
A person doesn't have to go far in the Scriptures to see that the Humble and Lowly are those who will be the greatest in the Kingdom. They are also the ones who possess greater understanding of God's love because they understand the depth of their own depravity. The Christian life is one of emptying and filling. We are constantly being emptied of selfishness and pride, while at the same time being filled with selfless service and humility. We know that God resists those who live according to the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). We also know that He draws near to the humble, and fills those who are producing "fruits of the Spirit."
We are at the climax in this series, and now will be looking at the Fruit of the Spirit and how it relates to humility. The simple and easy answer is that humility is the root of the filling and outpouring of the Spirit of God. We simply have to move out of the way and let God do His perfect work. Our response to that work is good fruit.
I don't post every day, and I may take a rabbit trail or two along the way, but we are going to explore these fruits for a little while to see the contrast of the Fruit that comes from Humility. I look forward to the study.