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God’s Fruit Basket

The next few weeks I want to touch on a series of characteristics which might be considered the trademark that we are followers of Jesus. There are countless posters, wall hangings and do-dads with the “Fruit of the Spirit” printed on them. We are going to look at each of these characteristics and look for practical ways we will see them work in our lives as we follow Jesus. Our passage in Galatians 5:16 starts off with a seemingly simple truth “ But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh ”. The command to ‘walk’ doesn’t suddenly appear. We are created for the purpose of doing good works which God has prepared so we should “ walk in them ” (2:10) and he urges us in 4:1 “ walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called ”. Instead of walking as those who don’t know God, Gentiles--who “ walk… in the futility of their minds ”. “ We are to walk as children of light ” (5:8). When the Bible, in particular, the New Testament