The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
– Galatians 5:22-23,25
What we receive from letting the Holy Spirit work in our life – His fruit – is in complete contrast with our sinful tendencies.
The product of the latter inclinations and desires are also listed by St. Paul in this same chapter from his letter to the Galatians. What results is “sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.” (Gal 5:19-21)
Chalk and cheese!
Which do I choose? If I claim to live or want to live by the Spirit, then I should let Him take over and guide me. But do I?
Holy Spirit, come – I have chosen!
Come Holy Spirit, mould me and change me,
and build me up against my inclinations.
Let me, rather, indulge in the goodness of Your fruit,
and let me be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Come Holy Spirit, I have chosen!