It’s time to conclude yesterday’s story about the freedom & grace Jesus Christ gave us through His death. His death fulfilled the law and removed the bondage of sin. He won the victory for us! However, Paul warns that we shouldn’t use the freedom we’ve been given as an opportunity to live in the flesh…in other words, we can’t just live any ol’ way we want. We aren’t called to serve our flesh, but to walk in the Spirit.
It is when we are led by the Spirit of the Lord that we are no longer under the law because the Spirit proves it through us. When we are led only by the flesh, we want things that are in direct opposition to the Spirit. Here are some examples that Paul gives of things that the flesh wants: adultery, impatience, drunkenness, fornication, envy, prostitution, idolatry, hatred, jealousy, selfish ambitions, anger, and others. Can we be forgiven of these things? Absolutely! But if we simply live a lifestyle of these things then we are not being led by the Spirit, because these things are in opposition to His desires.
When we are led by the Spirit, it shows up in our lives in ways like this: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We will bear one another’s burdens, not bite and devour one another with our words and actions, and we will love our neighbor as ourselves.
Paul said if we sow to the flesh we will reap corruption, but if we sow to the Spirit we will reap everlasting life. In other words, after we have accepted the grace of God, it isn’t about the customs and traditions that we perform; but if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, the evidence will come through in our lives in ways like kindness, goodness, love, self-control, etc. Every day we will have a choice to make, “Will I walk by the flesh, or by the Spirit?” One will corrupt us, and one will point us and those around us to the Father.
I, for one, want to be led by the Spirit. Those times when I’ve been led by my flesh have never turned out so well, and I’ve lost many an opportunity to be a witness for the Lord. It’s time to let Him be in control. Not only will we be able to show more love and be able to witness more, but it will take the pressure off of us, as well. Let Him take control and lead the way. We already know where it leads. 🙂
walking there alongside you,