Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
Written by: Ian Rock
Our attitudes and actions say a lot about our hearts. The way we respond to others, eat, sleep, and spend our time can all be affected by our stress, relational health, and our connection to Jesus. When things are stressful at work, we’re often shorter tempered at home. In seasons of celebration, we’re typically way more graceful with others and see things as “half full.”
As we often say at Sun Valley: The problem isn’t with the fruit, but with the root. The output of our lives stems from what is happening in our hearts. Our ability to love others and live healthily comes from the peace and security we can have by knowing the love of God. When we begin to see how much God loves us and others, we’ll start to show that same love to those around us and live with the peace that Jesus can give us.
Today’s scripture also reminds us that our lives will be marked by our faith and the life change that we’ve seen since saying “Yes” to Jesus. Though we all will continue to have things in our lives that we can grow in, we can still live in a way that – through our words, actions and attitudes – shows others that there’s something different about the way we live, and for whom we’ll live.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can see radical transformation in our lives—not merely in the output, or fruit, but at the root. As we witness our heart and mindset begin to change, the way we respond to the world around us will change accordingly.
Thought of the day: What is one area of your life in which you’d like to see a transformation? It could be the way in the way you treat others, forgive others, handle stress, spend your time, view yourself, or something else.
Prayer: Jesus, when others look at my life and the way I act, my prayer is that they see a glimpse of You and the incredible love You have for them. I know I don’t always do the best job of this. I know that You can help change the root of my heart, so that the fruit I bear can help people meet, know, and follow You.