Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. (Galatians 5:23-24)
What happens when we live God’s way?
He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—
things like affection for others, exuberance about life, and serenity.
We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart,
and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.
We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life,
able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.
May our lives turn hearts to say … “I like your Christ, and I also like you Christians for you are so like Christ.