22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Imagine if, as a teenager you went to your parents and told them that you wanted to become a doctor. They loved the idea. You began to work in school toward that end and your parents began to save every penny they could. When you graduated high school, you attended college. Because medical students weren’t allowed to work during school your parents cancelled vacations, worked extra shifts at work, and raised all the funds they could so you could get through school. After 10 years in school you finally graduate debt free. When you begin your first day as a doctor you get upset with a patient and decide to quit the medical field. While it is your choice what you do with your life, the choice you made makes an impact on those who poured into you. This decision would probably devastate your parents who sacrificed so much to help you achieve your goals.
We can easily identify with the parents in this situation because the whole situation seems unfair. Yet we do this same thing to God. Vs 25 says “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Jesus sacrificed everything so we could have life. The life we have is in the Spirit of God. It should be a natural progression that we walk in the Spirit. The problem is most of the time we don’t walk in the Spirit.
The phrase “walk in the Spirit” means to march in a military formation, to conform to virtue; walk orderly. This references the military. Soldiers march when their told to, go where they are told to, and do as they are told to. They have someone in command who they obey. As a Christian, the Holy Spirit is our general. We are to submit to his authority. When we do, we are walking in the Spirit. To do this effectively we have to go to Him often throughout each day, not just once, to make sure we know his direction. Only when we walk in the Spirit can we bring God the glory he deserves.