Galatians 5:22-23 outlines the Fruit of the Spirit– that is, the traits we “inherited” when we got saved by grace. We may not feel these things in our life all the time, nor do we necessarily exhibit them on a regular basis, but they are there, lying under the surface, ready to show themselves when we truly yield to the Holy Spirit. This is essentially a list of all that a Believer can and should be:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22,23 KJV)
The list of things a Believer has absolutely no business being, or being involved in, is much longer. It better describes one who is lost; an unbeliever; one who is a part of Darkness, instead of Light. This could be quite an involved study on its own– too many Christians have been fooled into complacency, thinking that these things are normal and harmless. They are not, and we need to be guarded in this area.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)
Do you want the best God has for you? That would be the fruit. Anything less (that would be the “nots”) is rife with heartache and discontent.
As said in Joshua 24:15– “…choose you this day whom ye will serve…”