The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Paul has been telling his readers about this whole concept of life in the flesh as contrasted with life in the Spirit, and as we saw last time, life in the flesh is what Paul says to refer to a life that is centered on the physical needs and impulses of the body; of the physical world. Here, he gives us a list of things that would be a part of this kind of living: It is not an exhaustive list. We know that because he adds “and the like” after it. Thus, this is a listing of the kinds…
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So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Paul is taking another swing at the Law, but then that’s the whole point of his letter. He does so here in an interesting way as he points out something so fundamentally obvious to even a brand new Christian that it should be impossible to argue with.
Living by the flesh is in conflict with living by the Spirit.
Anybody surprised by this revelation? I didn’t think so. Some time back, I called living by the Spirit “counter-intuitive” and so it is.
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There are many people
Who come and go
In our lives,
But the precious few
Who stay are real friends.
They can look
Beyond our flaws
And see the living soul
Inside the outer shell.
A friend accepts another
For who she or he is
And loves every part
Of that person,
Even the parts
That remain not understood.
True friendships prove immortal
Because their legacies live on,
And even in death,
Two friends share something still:
Universal, unconditional love.
So, if you ever wonder
What a friend really is:
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