But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
Until recently Canada has had no law regarding foreigners buying real estate in our country, and many have argued that this has led to Canadian home values being so high that many Canadians are unable to purchase one. Under the newly enacted Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act, as of this past January 1, non-Canadians are now prohibited from purchasing residential real estate in Canada for a period of two years. Contractual obligations that arise or are assumed prior to January 1, 2023, are not impacted.
One of the reasons why Canada thrives is because our nation is built on what is known as the rule of law. We take seriously the role of lawmakers and the justice system, and respect those who make the laws and keep them. We prosecute those who break the law and support those who speak up on behalf of those who have been wronged. When a country loses respect for the rule of law, it is in trouble. Laws are needed because human beings are sinful and without laws there would be anarchy. There is no anarchy in the Kingdom of God. Those who are citizens have had their lives transformed and are driven, not by the law, but by the Holy Spirit. Which is why Paul can write this in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” The fruit of the Spirit stands in contrast to the principles that drive the world. Those principles need laws to keep everyone in line. When the fruit of the Spirit is unleashed, the world becomes a better place.
These have been words from the heart.