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Verses 19-23: “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

My son, as we speak, is working on a science experiment on how to fireproof a balloon. Apparently, there is a process using water and air, to show that a balloon filled with air will pop when a fire is applied to it, but one with water will not pop. Somehow (and I’m curious as to how this works), the water is a change agent to prevent a normally combustible balloon from popping.

We, as sinful human beings, produce sin. When left on our own, no matter how “good” we are, the deeds of our flesh are listed above. On our own, we can’t earn our way to heaven…our righteousness is as “filthy rags” before God. Only when we invite Jesus into our lives as Lord and Savior, does the changing agent of His grace make us “fireproof”, so to speak. Then working with the Holy Spirit (because we can’t do it on our own), the fruit we can produce is that of the Holy Spirit…also, listed above.

Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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