Living by the Spirit

This meditation is based on a passage for June 10, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Galatians 5:16-24

Reflection and Question: Here is fine example of Paul using very effectively the rhetorical devices of ancient Greece to make his argument. The lists of vices and virtues in this passage were very common in ethical systems of Paul’s time. By repeating them here, Paul establishes common ground with the Gentiles, which he can then build upon to invite them to live by the fruits of the Spirit. That countless Gentiles were filled with the Holy Spirit and lived deeply faithful lives was a wonder of the early church. What common ground do you share with those who seem different from you?

Prayer: Spirit of the living Christ, Paul tells us that Your leading means we are not subject to the law. This places upon us an awesome responsibility. So lead us, we pray, that the fruit of our lives prove our belonging in Christ and shine forth Your love. Amen.