Saturday, November 11, 2017

Romans 8:5

Romans 8:5New International Version (NIV)

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Romans 8:5Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

People who live following their sinful selves think only about what they want. But those who live following the Spirit are thinking about what the Spirit wants them to do.

    As I was reading Romans today, Romans 8:5 particularly caught my attention.  It explains why several people I know who attend church and call themselves Christians have succumbed to blatant sin.  One is a homosexual, one has had sexual encounters with underaged girls, one has committed adultery and is divorcing his wife.  This should not be.  This verse tells us why it happens.  We must be vigilant in our thought life-- it can happen to any of us at any time.  We must keep our thoughts on things of God and not on what our sinful nature wants.
       If we truly 'fear' God and understand who He is, our desire would surely be to never do anything that would sully his Name or reputation.  He sent us to re-present Him to the world.  How can that be when we are thinking according to our sinful natures?

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