But oh, how I longed for it to be that simple. "Hey, these are negative thoughts and attitudes. It looks like I'm switched to 'evil,' I should switch that to cheerful/joyful." Wouldn't that be great? I've been pondering it all evening. And I wonder why it can't be that simple.
In particular, I've been thinking about Galatians 5. Most people who have been around church and the Bible for any length of time are familiar with the last verses of this chapter- the fruit of the Spirit. (My kids even have a fun, stick-in-your-head all day song about the fruit of the Spirit.) And that's what I desire to be lived out in my life. What I've been struck by tonight is verse 1 "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery."
I have let myself be caught in this trap. I have become enslaved to my frustration and anger. Christ has set me free and given me freedom. Freedom to do what? Well, all those things that are listed as the fruit of the Spirit! "Against such things there is no law."(vs 23b) If I truly believe God, this passage means that I can let go of my sin and allow things like gentleness and patience pour out of me.
What are you switched to?
"For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace." Romans 6:14