READINGOld Testament: Genesis 44:1-17
Psalms: Psalms 93, 96, 34
New Testament: Romans 8:1-10
Gospel: John 5:25-29
Evening Psalms: 34
DEVOTIONAL“For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4)
As I ponder my New Year’s resolutions for 2016, this passage from Romans reminds me just how difficult it is to follow my faith and build spirituality. I see examples of sins of the flesh as any kind of physical addiction (food, alcohol, caffeinated drinks), inappropriate TV or Internet viewing, materialism, and even vanity.
My goals this year are an increased effort toward attaining good health, achieving a more work/life balance, greater focus in forming and maintaining more sincere and meaningful relationships, and reducing waste and materialism in my house.
I believe that sins of the flesh work against these intentions, by stealing time, reducing focus and discipline, and possibly worst of all, that horrible feeling of guilt or regret.
For me, this passage from Romans talks about committing to my spiritual life to counter the temptations of the flesh. I think I will add more frequent and detailed prayers this year, paying particular attention to overcoming sins of the flesh, growing my spirituality, and achieving my goals—with less guilt and regret.