So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. – Galatians 5:16 (NIV) If I’m honest, I love this verse and I wrestle with it at the same time. It almost seems too good to be true or “easier said than done.”

What helps me process and grasp this truth better is a fresh reading of it in another translation. In The Message it reads: My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness.

Now THAT is something I can relate to: being motivated by God’s Spirit. Truly seeking to have the mind of Christ. Please know, friends, that this is a daily process. We must (intentionally) walk in the Spirit, being motivated by what the Spirit shows us – daily.

I know this isn’t easy, but it’s something I’m striving for and pray and encourage you to do the same.

Greg Atkinson


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