Paul illustrates his point by contrasting freedom as self-indulgence with freedom as walking in the life of the Spirit. He uses the images of “flesh” and “spirit” as a way of talking about the Christian life lived in the conflicting tension between two powers.
The works of the “flesh” are not to be seen as products of our “lower nature” but as the results of the power of sin at work in the Christian community. Self-indulgence destroys relationships and community not only by acts of immorality but by generating socially acceptable and even admired, sins that divide into cliques.
The Spirit establishes our identity as followers of Jesus. Today, seek to share God’s love with someone by speaking the truth IN LOVE. Consider the question, “What is the most loving way I can express what I am thinking and feeling?” Then do it. Continue to use your reflections from Monday to guide you.
Come Holy Spirit and guide me to live in alignment with you. Speak to my heart and help my words to be filled with grace. When I miss the mark and focus on the flesh, remind me who I am in you. Then, help me to live a life of love. Amen.
How did you respond to God’s love today? Did the fleshy part of you inhibit your response in any way?
Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below or in the Facebook group (You’ll find a link to request to join in your confirmation email. Not registered? Sign-up here.)
If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.