Day Two: Life and peace

Romans 8.6-7 NIV
6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

“Such a mindset issues in life and peace. Life, of course, is not simply the opposite of death, but the primary character of the Spirit. He is ‘the Spirit of life,’ the life-giving Spirit of the living God, as noted above on v. 2. But why add ‘peace’? Almost certainly because Paul anticipates the enmity that further characterizes life in the flesh spelled out in v. 7. Thus he is echoing the metaphor of sin as hostility to God found in 5:1-11. Because of the reconciling work of Christ, the hostility is overcome and the former enemy has ‘peace with God.’ Here we learn what does not surprise us, that in Paul’s view the source of that peace is the Spirit himself.” (Gordon Fee, God’s Empowering Presence, 541-542).

Let’s declare today, “I have the mind of the Spirit” and experience Spirit-empowered thinking that leads to life and peace.

Prayer: Lord, I humbly come to you today about my concerns. I confess that you are greater. Would you help me quickly turn to you, be empowered by the Spirit, and experience your peace again. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “All praise” by Matt Redman (click here).

-MR

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