“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
In my experience, I am more inclined to sin, whether in my thoughts or in my deeds, when I am not walking in the Spirit- when I am not close to Christ. When I let the Spiritual disciplines slide, or when I am not diligent in keeping certain boundaries put in place to guide me closer to Christ. The further my mind is from Him, the more my actions, words and thoughts slide toward sin. He is the anchor that keeps us grounded in morality. He is the One who shows us what it means to live in true freedom- freedom from sin, who is a cruel, insatiable master. We must learn to walk in the Spirit. To think on Him, to change our habits so that they lean on Him. To practice the Spiritual disciplines in order to be increasingly close to Christ. Everyone must daily choose: Will I be a slave to sin? Or a slave to Christ? There is no other option. We are all a slave to someone or something. Christ is the more patient, compassionate and loving Master. He pushes us to be better, and disciplines us for our good and growth. But sin desires our death and destruction, and is constantly pulling us away from Christ.
“For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
Which list do you recognize as being closer to what your life looks like? Let us strive to walk by the Spirit- being increasingly close to Christ.