The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:6
God created man to live forever in the garden he had created. It was God’s plan that he and man would walk together in harmony. All of that changed when Adam and Eve chose to try it their way, and their way led to their eventual death.
Ever since Adam and Eve the way of man has led to death. Every person born since then has lived with the knowledge that it would be just a little while until death overcomes this body.
Paul writes in the passage for today, “The mind of sinful man is death.” We don’t have to look very closely at the way of man to see the death that comes from his way. In Romans seven Paul references the frustration faced by mankind of wanting to do good, but being driven by a sinister force he calls sin, to do evil. He sums up his frustration in verse 24, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?”
Paul answers his own question in verse 25; “Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Through Christ he discovered life and peace.
Knowing that his life is short man seeks all the pleasure he can from life. Unfortunately, the thing that looks so appealing to him is the very thing that keeps him from God’s peace and life.
Just as Eve looked at the forbidden fruit and, “saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom,” so today we look at forbidden fruit and think, “Why not? It looks good, it feels good, and besides that, I only live once!” So we go our own way – and our way leads to spiritual and physical death.
But, praise be to God, there is hope. Because of what Christ has done for us we no longer live after the dictates of the sinful nature. We can submit to the work of the Holy Spirit and have life and peace with God.
Prayer: Lord, I have learned that my way takes me away from you and your peace. Grant me the wisdom to submit to you. In Jesus name, amen.
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