I struggle with myself because I do not understand how to practice the teachings of the Epistle to Galatians 5:22-23. The more I force myself, the more I act contrary to these teachings. As a result, I do have peace, I can not enjoy and I can not pray in peace.
What does the text say?
To understand the subject of the question, I quote the biblical passage which refers to the question:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)(NASB)
You can not give what you do not have
To be able to manifest the fruit of the Spirit, you must have the Holy Spirit. One may not have the fruit unless he has the Holy Spirit and the fruit can not be achieved through one’s own efforts. The man receives the Holy Spirit when he repents with all his heart and enters the covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance involves the crucifixion of your flesh, as it is described in the Epistle to Galatians:
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)(NASB)
If you’re not sure that the Holy Spirit lives in you, that means that He doesn’t, because those who have received Him are aware of the reality of His presence.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.(Romans 8:14-16)(NASB)
If, however, you have entered the covenant with the Lord Jesus, if you are sure that you have the Holy Spirit but His fruit is not manifested in your life ..
Walk led by the Holy Spirit
Since a Christian has entered the covenant with the Lord Jesus, he receives the Holy Spirit, but he is not set free definitively of his earthly flesh. From now on, the Holy Spirit will urge and will empower him with living in righteousness, and the earthly flesh seeks to corrupt him to sin, how it has done before. It is Christian’s choice who to be led by and the Holy Scripture says:
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. (Galatians 5:16-17)(NASB)
Stop trying to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit with your own forces, because these deeds can not be the fruit of a man, but of the Holy Spirit. If you have not yet received the Holy Spirit, choose to enter the covenant with Jesus Christ today. And if you have the Holy Spirit, in order to bear His fruit, choose to be guided by Him, and not to fulfill the desires of the flesh.
Translated by Felicia Rotaru