Here’s one of the best pieces of advice I can give the next generation: be led by the Spirit of God. When the Spirit guides us, He leads us to love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). The Spirit of God will never lead us to do anything contrary to these nine attributes.
Have you ever been somewhere and as you looked around, you saw hate, sadness, chaos, impatience (anxiousness, restlessness), hardness (roughness), cruelty (evil), faithlessness (disbelief, disloyalty), arrogance (pride), or indulgence (loose living)? More than likely, the Spirit of God did not lead you there. Galatians 5:19-21 says it like this:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like…”
So, before we start saying that God told us to do something or told us to go somewhere, we need to look at which type of ‘fruit’ is in evidence—fruit of the Spirit or works (fruit) of the flesh.
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