“Those who are motivated by the flesh only pursue what benefits themselves. But those who live by the impulses of the Holy Spirit are motivated to pursue spiritual realities. For the sense and reason of the flesh is death, but the mind-set controlled by the Spirit finds life and peace.” (Romans 8: 5-6, the Passion Translation)
We can pursue spiritual realities and discover the life and peace we seek. Motives based on self and material gain limit our possibilities. When we let our ego and physical sense lead us, we omit what can bring us the most rich and right blessings.
We leave out Spirit, the infinite and glorious reality of being. We focus on the small and personal, when we could yield instead to the divine impulses, those that embrace the universal good and also bring us the true rewards of satisfaction, well-being, and gratitude.
We may think “the flesh”—the material sense of things—can guide us to success, to all our desires met. But this “sense and reason” doesn’t bring us life. It shuts the door on immortality and its boundless qualities by looking to matter and its limits as the be all and end all. This thinking leads us to the finite, to a lack of fulfillment, to a path that must eventually end in death.
But we can truly take on a spiritual mindset. We can see beyond material aspirations and find that true energy, expectancy, and peace that God’s infinite reality promises for us and for all.
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