May 12: No More Forbidden Fruit.

Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love…against such things there is no law.

The law stirs up our flesh, so praise God that the fruit is not law. It is Spirit. It is life. It is Christ’s life in us. You can’t “law” your way into more fruit. It’s about faith. That is, faith in Christ’s life in you is what produces the fruit of the Spirit. Not law keeping.

And yet at the same time the law is pro-love. In fact it is pro all the fruit. The end of the law is to love God and love others. The fruit would never be against the law. But like Paul has said many times we can never law our way to love. Law exists as a standard outside of us. The law is bondage, and bondage never produces love.

But the Spirit is a life that dwells inside of us. He is a standard that is already met. Therefore he is freedom. And freedom within the divine nature always produces love.

So here’s the bottom line. 1) You alone can’t keep the law or fulfill the command to love. 2) You can only love by the Spirit- faith in the indwelling life and love of Christ Jesus your Savior, who is securely in you forever! 3) The law exists to drive you to the Spirit. 4) When you love from the Spirit, oh by the way, you are also keeping the law.

If the law is about restraint, then we who walk with Christ definitely don’t need it. The Spirit never needs restraining. Love away! Stop pumping the breaks. Love freely and deliberately.

Paul is telling us that the law is no longer the operating system for those in the Spirit:

1 Timothy 1:8-9. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners…

“To live is Christ” means that we live beyond the law’s operating system. We are living from the Spirit Operating System. The law is not for the just, but for the unjust. Those with the Spirit no longer function from the demands of the law. They live from the completed “law of Christ” that now serves as our desire changing, mind renewing, story telling, Christ imaging power for all of life. This is Christ in me, and the law can find no home where Christ dwells supreme.

Are you continuing to put yourself and others under law (check your social media)? Are you resting in your position in Christ and letting it produce the fruit of Christ’s character? Are you letting yourself see that this fruit of the Spirit, which have been implanted in you by grace, and grow by grace, have given you freely the very things that you think the law can give you? Do you believe this?

 

 

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