Study 11

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”. Galatians 5:22-23


Have you ever heard of a plumb line? Dictionary.com defines it as a cord with a lead bob attached to one end, used to determine perpendicularity, the depth of water, etc. Thousands of years ago, a plumb line was used when erecting a building as the standard to which all vertical construction beams were to be measured. This kept any of walls from slanting to the right or the left – everything was sure to be straight up and down. This was an essential piece of equipment because it kept the walls from being poorly made and causing the building to collapse.


I like to think of this visual whenever I feel that I am straying from God. His Word says not to go to the right or the left, but to stay strong, stand firm in the Lord, and to stay on the narrow path. God cares about direction – about the direction you are going every day. We have to go back to His standard of measurement to see if we are living according to His ways. When we are tempted to let our own judgment be the standard, it may last for a while, but whatever we are “building” will eventually collapse.


Thank God that He has given us the tools we need to see if we are living according to His Word. His standards are clearly written in His Word and His Spirit gives us the strength to follow them. One measure of our right living is the fruit of the Spirit. Do you have peace? How about faithfulness to God and others? If yes, great. If not, what might be blocking you from experiencing it? Take a minute to search your heart and ask God if there is anything standing in the way of a better relationship between the two of you. Confess and repent anything that He brings to you mind, and start new with God at this moment.

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