The Conflict of Character

Galatians 5:16-26 

Mankind's sense of right and wrong has always seemed to be on this merry-go-round of everyone else is doing it

Time and again it has been demonstrated that right and wrong cannot be justified by cultural norms:

  • what everybody else is doing, or 

  • what we sense to be right

It is to this issue that Paul writes and says when the Spirit comes into your life there is conflict between what you once felt was right and what the Spirit would lead you to do. 

Paul clearly points out the acts of the sin nature or what we might call the character of the life without the Spirit of God.  

Galatians 5:19-21 

The person without the Spirit of God justifies all these actions and more as normal

We justify our actions until we are confronted by them.
This is what the Spirit of God does in our lives.

In moments just like this…Galatians 5:19-21 
The answer is to walk in the Spirit

We start with the desire to do right; that leads to action that is right, that brings the transformation to being right

This is the work of the Spirit in our lives. 

Galatians 5:22-25 

Against such things there is no law

The law only revealed our error and our hopelessness, Jesus brought the answer and opened the door for real change

Jesus is the answer and His answer comes not just in understanding but in transformation

You were made for joy

Joy is about the abiding hope and presence of God that lives in us. 

We are supposed to be a shining light of the Nature of Christ. 



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