“Live by the Spirit.” What exactly does that mean? Whenever we are asked to do something generally the first thing we want to know is, “to what benefit is that to me?” If in fact this is our first thought we are immediately thinking “in the flesh.” Already we are contradicting who we say that we are in the Spirit. The “What’s in it for me?” is a natural response but we are not called to live the natural life, but rather a supernatural one attributed by a force beyond a natural understanding. Life in the Spirit is not about wanting what other people have but rather having what other people want.
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. Gal. 5:16-24