Galatians 5:19, 22-23
Now the works of the flesh are obvious. In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
As Jesus rails against the Pharisees for their narrow focus on following the law without regard to love, St. Paul writes on the same topic to the Galatians. Rules and laws are necessary to keep us all in check. But what is most important is that all the rules are tempered by love. Otherwise they are rigid and heartless. Being right…is not as important as being in right relationship. We first need to form a relationship with God. We can do this through contemplative prayer, reading and meditating on the words of Jesus as well as following Him, and simply by being present. For then the Holy Spirit will begin to transform our hearts. The fruit…or results of that…will be “love, joy, peace, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Who doesn’t want more of that in their lives?
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