We often wonder what the key is to not sinning. We want to be pleasing to God, we want to do what is right, be we have a difficult time with it. Our struggles are not unlike others, even Paul admitted to the war that was going on inside himself (Romans 7:14-24). So what is the key, or is there a key to abstaining from sin? Paul seemed to recognize the answer as he states in Galatians 5:16. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Paul encourages us to walk in the Spirit in order to keep from fulfilling our fleshly lusts.
So how do I do that? Or how do I know if I am walking in the Spirit? Paul goes on to say that it will be evident by the fruit we bear. The fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” If it is evident that I love others, that I am joyful, am a peacemaker, etc. then I can say that I am walking in the Spirit. When I am doing these things, my mind is upon Christ and living for Him and not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. Try working on making these things evident in your life. Does your family see you as loving and joyful? Do your co-workers view you as a peaceful, patient, and kind person? Do those in your community know you to be a gentle individual who can control yourself and your emotions? If not, may we work diligently to make these fruits evident to all in our lives.