(1-15) Christ Has Set Us Free
When we place our faith in Jesus the Christ, He sets us free from the heavy yoke of sin. We are free indeed. No longer do we have to submit to such slavery. Our freedom, however, should not be used as an opportunity to do what we want and fulfill the desires of the flesh. Instead, our freedom empowers and enables us to love and serve one another as Christ commands us. The Christian life should not be characterized by constant fighting, but by unity, peace, and love.
(16-26) Keep in Step with the Spirit
The flesh and the Spirit are always at odds with one another. The flesh desires to do evil. The works of the flesh include such things as impurity, sorcery, jealousy, anger, and envy. On the other hand, the Spirit desires to do good. The works of the Spirit include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. If we walk by the Spirit, we will be able to overcome the flesh every time that it tempts us to sin. Those who have faith in Christ, experience freedom through Christ, and therefore are crucified with Christ. Being crucified means the flesh has no power over us. We produce the fruit of the Spirit instead of the fruit of the flesh.
Favorite verse: (15) But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.