“Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”
When the new California cell phone law requiring drivers to use a hands-free device came into effect, I purchased a Bluetooth headset to use. One day, I received a very important cell phone call at home. I had removed my Bluetooth device when I arrived home. When I tried to answer my phone, I could not hear anyone on the line. I realized I had forgotten to turn off the Bluetooth connection. I frantically looked around for the earpiece, but couldn’t find it anywhere. Then I remembered that the connection was only good for about 10 feet. I ran outside to break the connection. This didn’t work and the other party finally hung up. It was then that I realized my Bluetooth device was in my pocket. It didn’t matter how far I tried to run from it; it was right there with me.
I reflected that my sin nature is just like that. I may try to run away from it, hoping I can totally disconnect from it, but it is always with me. Sadly, we never have to make a conscious choice to sin. It comes very naturally to us. We all sin.
The good news is that at the moment we receive Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in us and wants to influence us to make the right choice at all times.
Galatians 5:16-17 “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.” Galatians 5:22-23 goes on to tell us, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
The Holy Spirit is always ready and able to influence us to live out God’s will, but we must choose to yield to Him. God wants us to be Spirit-filled throughout our day. If we are, He will influence how we interact with our spouse while in a discussion, during an argument, making a decision, or responding to a conversation. The Holy Spirit will plant special thoughts in our mind about how to love our spouse more fully, to perform thoughtful actions, speak kind words, be affirming, give warm touches, spend special time together, and remember our spouse in meaningful ways.
We can choose to speak, react, respond, initiate, discuss, or interact with our spouse, either in our sin nature or with the influence of the Holy Spirit. Next time things get a little tense in your marriage, take a moment to pray and ask God to give you the strength of the Holy Spirit. Choose to respond through the influence of the Holy Spirit, not your sin nature.
May God bless and keep you in His loving care!
Ed and Angie Wright
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