I have been invited to offer my thoughts on how following The Spirit of God changes the way we live our life.
Trusting in the presence of The Spirit of God, alive in our life is the awareness that to quote the words of Paul of Tarsus:
" the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness."
The fruits of The Spirit take our life time to bloom, and flourish there being an understanding that the faithful person's transformation is not an overnight event, rather a process encouraging each of us to come to terms with the fact "that it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."
In practical terms our faith in The Spirit's leadership invites us to reject any notion that we know better than our creator. In other words there will be moments when we will wrestle with the advice flowing into our thoughts asking us to sacrifice that which we believe is necessary to protect our self esteem. The Spirit of God is patient with us knowing that we need time to come to terms with the new way of living our life.
Paul of Tarsus understood through his daily experiences that his earlier life serving the Laws of Moses, with a pharisaical mindset had a tendency to want to intervene when confronting behaviour in those whose cultural, and life experiences were contrary to his training as a student of The Laws of Moses. Holier than thou judgements are a frequent reminder that looking down on others is contrary to the call of The Spirit, inviting us to be mindful that all have sinned.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ~ Romans 3
The inevitable questions arises how will I know how to differentiate between the call of The Spirit to follow His course of action, and that of my flesh using its attractive enticements to persuade me that there is another way towards gratifying my wants.
The Spirit of God is gentle, kind, and patient showering us with His love, leading us along a path filled with a rewarding life.
Divine Providence ensures that we who follow His way are granted all that we will need to implement The Father's plan into our life.