The Right To Choose


Tonight, scripture from Galatians 5:18-25 tells me that I have the right to choose. I do not mean to choose to murder millions of innocent babies in their mother’s womb, but to choose the fruit of the Spirit or the works of the flesh.

I am told … Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.” Personally, I battle many of them but do not want to choose any of them.

What I do want to choose is the fruit of the Spirit … love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Truthfully, you will find me lacking at times when I am in battle with the flesh and Spirit.

By the works of the flesh, we are warned, that we will not inherit the Kingdom of God. It seems clear to me that my choice, as an adopted son of God, is to accept my inheritance of Eternal Life with God. The opposite seems clearly foolish to me which brings to me a question of contemplation; why do I still give in to the temptation of the works of the flesh?

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Mike Burke; Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The Right To Choose