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, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Scripture is quite clear on the difference between living in the flesh and living according to the Spirit. Think about the things of the flesh is to be of the flesh while thinking about the things of the Spirit is to be the Spirit. Paul states quite rightly that carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Live after the flesh is to be opposed to God, who is Spirit. It is impossible to be carnally and be agreeable to God. Therefore, we must abandon all practice related to flesh and embrace the life of the Spirit.
The apostle Paul in his letter to the Galatians 5:19-21 lists the works of the flesh. Soon I will elaborate more on these verses in a future meditation. For now, let us reflect on what Romans 8:5-8 tells us. The first thing we read is that those who are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh. In my home country there is a saying that every thief judges by his condition. So, who is carnally is not going to think about something other than his carnal nature.
Some time ago I went with a couple to a business meeting. The meeting would take place in the office of someone I knew, the same as his wife. There were several other people at the meeting, including a woman, whom I did not know, which behaved very affectionate with the owner of the office and his wife. My companions were uncomfortable in the meeting and told me to leave this man because he was a bigamist and that his wife was probably bisexual. Then they said that they would not do business with such people.
That shocked me the impression they gave to the couple who accompanied me. For a long time I walked away from that businessman and continued on with my business relationship with the couple. Unfortunately I had inadvertently fallen into a trap of the enemy carried out using a pair of carnal minds. These two people, especially the man, proved a pair of shysters and con artists, who not only did I lose thousands of dollars but were stumbling block with people of integrity.
What was the reality of this business man, his wife and the other woman? The other woman received great help from this man and his wife for many years. She felt grateful life and is able to do anything for those who have helped so much. All three are people of great moral courage and love that is expressed is the product of a genuine selfless love and moved by the Spirit. For their minds they have never been anything dishonest. But not so with carnal minds of another couple.
Live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh all that occurs is death. That practice such things inevitably lead to sin and the wages of sin is death according to the scripture. Who lives thinking about the things of the flesh cannot please God, and ends by saying Romans 8:5-8. If we want to please God, we must focus on the things of the Spirit. In dealing with the things of the Spirit we have life and peace. We will have eternal life and peace that passes all understanding. God bless you.