Guided by the Spirit
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 NRSV
In Galatians 5, Paul first writes about those things that are in opposition to God, the works of the flesh “'fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these (19-21).” He then lists the fruits of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness (22-23).”
Each day we are confronted by temptations and the draw of our baser human passions and desires. Our hope lies in the Holy Spirit within us. Through God’s grace, we have been gifted with the wisdom and strength of the Spirit. However, just because we live by the Spirit does not mean this guidance is automatic. We must be active and willing participants submitting to the Holy Spirit in seeking advice. In our daily prayers, we need to ask for guidance so that we may respond as directed by the Spirit, that we may be delivered from evil when faced with trials and temptations.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer, Ecumenical Text, United Methodist Hymnal No. 894