August 18 In Step with the Spirit

scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 13
key verse: Galatians 5:25

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Have you ever held someone’s hand as you walked along together? You surely noticed how important it is to maintain the same stride. You can’t walk too slowly and you can’t walk too fast, at least not without pulling your hand away.

That is what Galatians 5:25 is talking about when it says “walk in the Spirit.” The New International Version captures the original Greek flavor of the word walk here: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” The word picture is one of “walking in line with.” When you are not following your fleshly urges to walk at your own pace, you feel the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit step by step along the way.

When you walk in harmony with the Spirit, the fruit of this relationship is evident. It makes sense that the fruit of the Spirit is the subject of other verses of Galatians 5. Which of these do you see in your attitudes and behavior: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self–control? It is truly an awesome list. As you think through these attributes, it’s crucial to remember that they are not products of a decision to try harder. God keeps your feet on His good path when you keep in step with Him.

How often I have walked my own way, O Lord. Forgive me. I want to keep in step with Your Spirit. Set my feet on Your path and keep them there.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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