When I was a kid, I loved those Chinese restaurants where you could peruse the menu and choose delicacies from both Column A and from Column B. You selected one or more dishes from each column and the result was often a wonderful variety of culinary treats - and sometimes some very strange and disappointing tastes!
But Galatians 5 makes it clear that when it comes to life and faith, we can't pick and choose options from each column. We either choose to go with Column A OR Column B.
Impurity & Debauchery
Idolatry & Witchcraft
Fits of Rage
Factions & Envy
There's no option for picking and choosing. It's black and white, either one or the other. God gives me a choice. My way or the power and fruit of His Spirit. Attempting to pick and choose results in confusion, discouragement, a lack of integrity, and an invalid witness to what living for Jesus is all about.
"Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ..."
- Joshua 24:15.
By the powerful filling of the Spirit,
go for the fruit in Column B -