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Bible Book: Galatians

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The Inner Work of Knowing What You’re Really Seeking

It feels good when people praise us. But sometimes we can be so eager for the approval of people that we neglect the approval of God. The example of the Apostle Paul encourages us to make pleasing God our chief motivation. In order to do this, we need to do the inner work of searching our souls for what we’re really seeking in life and leadership. 

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Until Christ is Formed in You

The New Testament speaks of our being conformed or transformed to be more like Christ. But in an unusual use of language, Galatians 4:19 talks of Christ being formed in us, almost as a fetus is formed within its mother. If we unpack that language, we understand that God is at work in us, helping us to be more and more like Christ on the inside. This is another case of God’s “inner work” in which we are blessed to participate.

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The Fruit of the Spirit’s Not a Kiwi

The fruit of the spirit is not a kiwi. It’s also not a “super-spiritual” life that disdains the material world.

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A basket full of many different kinds of fruit

Productivity vs. Fruitfulness

God invites us to focus more on the fruits of the Spirit than on our accomplishments.

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