Bible Study Devotional – Day 39 – Commentary Romans 8:5-7 – Christian vs. non-Christian behavior

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. (Romans 8:5-7)

The Holy Spirit lives inside of Christians, connecting to our spirits. When the Holy Spirit is connected to your spirit, you want to please God and work on becoming more Christ-like (getting rid of our bad habits and personal demons).   You can do that by praying in your personal relationship with Christ. Those who are not connected to the Holy Spirit, do not have the power of God in their lives. Some are criminals and some are good people.

In the good people category of non-Christians, Type A’s come to mind. They live daily to achieve their own goals, wearing blinders, not wanting relationships to get in their way.  They move quickly and never ask others for help, even if they need it.  They don’t have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  They are busy doing things that God doesn’t care about. Many end up divorced because they don’t have relationships with their wives and children.  I have seen these once self-driven people in the nursing homes that I have worked at. When they need help, they don’t have family to help them. When you’re alone and your busyness has no purpose, eventually you will get depressed.  Depression leads to death.

Life is all about relationships, loving God and other people. We need a best friend to confide in and pray with.  If you don’t have a best friend in your life, pray for one. I did just that and God put it on my heart to ask a friend to study the Bible with me.  We have Bible Study and pray together for two hours twice a month. It really helps to know that someone is praying for me and my family besides myself.  It helps to bring peace.

God sets a good example for us.  His best friend is Jesus.  Jesus and God’s Spirits are united in the Holy Spirit.  Even God needs a best friend.  Jesus is a deity and lives in glory, yet He humbled Himself to become a baby, who needed everything done for Him.  He was born in a poor family, so He could understand being poor.  He allowed Himself to be tempted by Satan as we are tempted every day.  He allowed himself to be tortured.  He went through worse torture than most of us will ever go through.  Jesus did this so He could understand what we are going through in life.  He, in turn, wants us to humble ourselves by looking down to pick up someone who needs help and to lift that person up to bein His care.  If our minds are not willing to grasp that kind of love, we are hostile to God. It is when we are not busy loving others that we are unable to keep God’s Law.

Bible Study Devotional – Day 39 – Commentary Romans 8:5-7 – Christian vs. non-Christian behavior

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