Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
How do you deal with your troubles, your wrong choices or your issues? By believing what God says about us after He saved us, we will think and act differently. But it is a choice to apply what God says to our lives. To act forgiven, we have to think and believe we are forgiven. To live full of love, we have to believe that God loves us and that His loves matters.
Choosing to crucify your issues and live by the spirit is not an easy task. The verse above reminds us that to live forgiven and as children of God we will make a conscious effort to nail our sin to the cross. That is to put our shortcomings in the past.
To crucify is to kill. To put something to the side is to nail it to something where it will stay put. Our flesh has endless passions and desires that go totally against God’s best for us. That is why we have to set them aside.
I’d like to ask us if we really want to live in the freedom that God provides, or would we rather stay tied up and bound to our issues? By choosing to live by the Spirit of God, we will do what God leads us to do. We will make wrong choices at times, but we will strive to take a higher road, to do things right and to set sin, pride and troubles aside.
God will help us win those battles as we deal honestly with our sin. It is not easy to crucify our passions and desires, but it is always right. To follow the Spirit is to find peace and strength and help to get through the battles of life.
I heard a quote the other day that has stuck in my mind:
Better to aim high and fall a bit short than to aim very low and hit it.
We aim high by being honest and dealing with our sin. To aim low is to sweep things under the proverbial rug and just live on like none of our sin matters. But they do. We can win. It is time to aim higher and see how God gives us victory in life.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.