Prayer: Let your Word, O God, rule my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Our devotion writer while counting commercials on the radio considers just how our minds are pushed and pulled by advertising. By this car. Drink that soda. You know how they go. All trying to persuade us in one manner or another. Or change our wants and focuses. In political speeches and even religious sermons, we are being influenced in one way or another. Goodness, our health could be at risk!
Paul tells us in today’s text that we are free from the law of sin and death because of our salvation through Jesus Christ. We no longer have to listen to those whose minds are on the flesh, because they are hostile to God. We can decide to change our mind-set. We don’t have to listen to the worldly voices. We can turn off the TV and the radio and the computer and listen to the Spirit of Life. “The peace that passes all understanding.”
Prayer: “Spirit of God, continue to call me to your peace each day. In Christ, our Lord. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Life in the Spirit
8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.