Week of November 18 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 8:6-8

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Reflect: What characterizes a person who lives according to the Spirit? What characterizes people who live according to the flesh?

Consider: Paul continued the contrast by pointing out the consequences that necessarily follow each way of thinking. The carnal mind leads to death. Barclay writes that “to allow the things of the world completely to dominate life is self-extinction; it is spiritual suicide.” On the other hand, the Spirit-controlled mind leads to life and peace. The same contrast is found in Gal 6:8: “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”[1]

Respond: How would you describe the role of the Holy Spirit? What does it look like to live according to the spirit? How did Paul see the Spirit impacting our position as “sons”?

[1] Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 177–178.