walking by the Spirit


O God, you have commanded us
   to walk in the Spirit
   and not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
Make us perfect in love, we pray,
   that we may conquer our natural selfishness
   and give ourselves to others.
Fill our hearts with joy,
   and barricade them with your peace.
Make us longsuffering and gentle,
   and subdue our hasty, angry tempers.
Give us faithfulness, meekness and self-control,
   crucifying our flesh with its affections and lusts,
   so that we may bring forth
   the fruit of the Spirit
   to your praise and glory
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Henry Alford, 1810-1871, English churchman and scholar
2000 Years of Prayer freely modified


So I say, walk by the Spirit,
   and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit,
   and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh.
They are in conflict with each other,
   so that you are not to do whatever you want.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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