Galatians 5:22-23 begins with the word, “but.”  In this case the word is telling us that what is to follow is in contrast to what came before. The “Fruit of the Spirit” are being contrasted with the “deeds of the flesh.”  Or you could say it this way. The apostle is telling us how our connection with God is going to make us different from when we were without a connection.

If we have a relationship with God. If Christ abides in us and we abide in him. If we are truly the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit our lives will be different. Our desires will be different.

Read Galatians 5:19-23. The contrast is sharp. The change God wants to bring is dramatic and beautiful. Jesus and the world are looking to see that beauty in us.

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