September 24, 2011 by Chris French
What if everything you did was lawful according to both “the law of the land” and God’s law? What kind of actions would you have to exhibit for that to happen? Sometimes it’s tough not to break “the law of the land”. For example, if you’re late for an appointment you’llprobably speed to make up time, and just because you don’t get caught doesn’t mean you didn’t break the law. Those laws are there to ensure our safety. God’s laws are there to ensure our salvation. For example, if you’re angry with your brother you’re liable to judgment (Matt. 5.22). We’ve all sped to an appointment and we’ve all been angry so we’ve all broken both laws, God’s and man’s, so the idea of me only doing things that were lawful is quite enticing.
In Galatians 5.23 Paul writes, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” There’s no law against those things. Those actions break neither man’s nor God’s law! In fact, there’s something even more special about these qualities than not breaking the law. These qualities are indicators of whether or not the Holy Spirit lives in me! These are the Fruits of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit! When He lives in me I exhibit these qualities and not only do I not break the law of man or God, I actually draw close to the heart of God because I have these qualities. These are necessary qualities of a Christian! These are traits I need to be instilling in myself. Not only is there no law against these things, but these qualities are a banner advertising that God lives in the person who exhibits them!