“What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.” – Galatians 5:16 GNB
Most of us, when we stop to reflect on our lives, become aware that we have done some things that are bad, but we have also done some things that are good. We wonder why it is that we cannot seem to build an existence that is all good. Something stops us. And something else prompts us to get involved in things that are bad. William Barclay quoted a poem by Studdert Kennedy in which a soldier said:
“I’m a man and a man’s a mixture Right down from his very birth; For part of him comes from heaven, And part of him comes from earth”. (W. Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, p51)
Paul knew this in his own experience. In his younger years he had struggled to obey the whole of the law. He had failed and experienced the guilt that comes with failure. He said, “When I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have. My inner being delights in the law of God. But I see a different law at work in my body – a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. What an unhappy man I am!” (Romans 7:21 – 24,GNB). These verses aptly portray the moral war that rages inside each one of us. He found peace only when he surrendered to Christ and his guilt was replaced with joy.
Let the Spirit of Christ come in and direct you completely.
Lord, come in and quell all my inner conflicts by your Spirit.