Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
We are confronted daily with many choices of worldly things and actions. While there is nothing wrong with people selling their goods or services, we seem to have become a society where needs are created rather than occurring naturally and this leads to desires that are not necessary.
God commanded us not to covet our neighbor’s property, but our social system leads us to want things for which we may have no real use. Often we fall into the trap of “they have one, so we must get one too!” This all comes under the heading of human desire, which can lead us away from God. Later in this letter, Paul writes “Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.”
We are all responsible for our thoughts and actions. When we allow the passions and desires Paul speaks of to direct us, we lose control of our lives. Giving up control to God is the only way to master the temptations the world presents. Let go and let God guide your life instead.
Wise and wonderful God, we are weak and easily led astray. Show us the path and the plan for our lives and deliver us from evil. Amen.