Galatians 5:22-25 – A Biologist’s View of Spiritual Fruit: Dwight Kimberly

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Galatians 5:22-25  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.” (NRSV)
Galatians 5:22-25  “But what happens if we live God’s way?  He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard – things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity.  We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.  We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”  (The Message)
1)  What type of fruit does my life produce?
2)  Is the fruit of our lives, attractive to others?


Dwight Kimberly is professor emeritus of biology at George Fox University.  His love of the creation and the Creator, has its roots in Camas Friends where he was raised.  Trying to create a metric of how to judge his own spiritual journey, he has used Galatians 5 as the standard.



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