Connection Points 3-18-18 (Galatians 5:16-26)
Our sinful nature and the Holy Spirit are completely at odds with each other. One rejects Jesus, while the other clings to Jesus. One desires a life filled with impurity, selfish ambition, and hated. The other desires a life filled with love, kindness, and gentleness. That’s why the Christian life is so difficult – there is a battle waging inside of us. I desire to love and to be kind, and to be faithful, and yet I find myself struggling every day. I see my selfish desires and impurity and it disgusts me. This struggle is a good thing. It means the Spirit is drawing me away from a life of sin and brokenness.
Paul reminds us that we live by the Spirit and not our sinful nature. We are going to struggle while we are living in this broken place and in these broken bodies as we look to keep in step with the Spirit. So, don’t worry about the struggle – it’s real and it’s a good sign. Honestly, I’d start worrying if the struggle disappeared! Keep fighting the good fight!
Connection Points Discussion Questions 3-18-18
- Read Galatians 5:16-26
- What questions did you have from the reading, sermon, or devotion this week?
- How have you experienced the struggle of your sinful nature and the Spirit living in you?
- This passage can be taken as strong Law or strong Gospel. Can you identify how that would be the case?
- There are a couple important words and phrases in this passage. The sinful nature “desires” and those who “live like this”. Is there a difference between desiring and actually living according to our sinful nature?
- As branches connected to the True Vine (Jesus), we don’t produce fruit, but instead bear fruit. What is the significance of this?