Galatians 5:22-23 tells us about the fruit of the spirit. Many times when we talk about this list of Christ like qualities we jump right into the list. And I want to get to that but first I want to point out that this fruit is “of the spirit.” If you and I are to ever be characterized by the traits described in this list we will not be the source of the endowment. The only thing we’re capable of is the “deeds of the flesh” and that’s a completely different list.
If we’re ever to change we will not be the change agent. That work can only be done by the spirit. You and I are powerless to achieve it but God has provided everything necessary for us to receive it.
But what about the verse that says,”work out your own salvation with fear and trembling?”
That’s a great question and a great verse. It’s found in Philippians 2:12. But we shouldn’t stop there we need to read the very next verse, verse 13, where it says,”For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Did you see that? God makes you want it and God is the one the makes it possible for you to do it too. But it’s up to us to allow him to come in and make the change we can’t. Without him we don’t even want it. But with him. There’s nothing he can’t do in us … if we’ll let him.