“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25 NKJV)
There’s an abbreviation people use when they’re telling a long story so that people can get the gist of it, even if they don’t read the whole thing: tldr. That means “too long, didn’t read.” It was originally meant as a response to someone telling the long story, but now it’s used pre-emptively if a story’s going to take a long time to read. It’s come to mean “in case you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s the main idea.” I think Galatians 5:25 is Paul’s “tldr” not just for the chapter, but the whole book of Galatians. We are called to live and walk in the power and direction of the Spirit. The negative examples, caused by living to satisfy our earthly desires, are peppered throughout the letter, but the truth is, if we’re living in the Spirit, we won’t get distracted by the cares of the flesh.
Sometimes we get so caught up in living “right” that we worry so much about following rules and regulations that we attribute to God, and never take the time to experience His love in our relationship with Him. I love my children so much that nothing could ever make me stop loving them. I don’t always agree with them, but they could never make me stop loving them. Were Jesus to respond to that He might say, “If you then, being evil….” (see Matthew 7:11) How much more is God able to love me than I’m able to love my children? No matter what I do? In the long run, if we’re living and walking in the Spirit, we’re going to avoid doing those things that we’re worried could make God turn His back on us. By walking in the Spirit, we please our Heavenly Father who continues to show us amazing grace in the best and the worst of times.
Lord, help me to live in the freedom of the Spirit by walking in the Spirit. Keep me so focused on You as the Holy Spirit works in me, that I don’t even consider engaging in the works of the flesh.