In my quest to memorize the chapter of Romans 8, I last memorized verse 5: For those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
Time for verse 6: So letting your sinful nature control your thoughts leads to death, but letting the Spirit control your thoughts leads to life and peace.
The meaning behind this verse permeates the online Bible study I’m currently doing. Every participant in the study is trying to reach the place where the Spirit is in control (perfection).
Today in the online webinar I learned perfect isn’t possible. It isn’t even a thing. Uggh! Even for this overthinker, because my overthinking is overlaid with a tendancy to put everything in black and white, this is very hard to procsess, but . . . I will attempt to do so.
I would assume the teaching refers to our bodies (sinful natures) and souls; i.e., our humanness. Because our spirit, the main part of us, was already complete (perfect) when it came to life at our salvation. If our spirits were in control, we would not have to achieve perfection; it would already be present.
Unfortunately most of us live with our humanness in control, rather than our spirit. We are not predominately led by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it’s not possible to be perfect in this life, it is not possible to be 100% Spirit led 100% of the time. The goal is to each day give up a larger percentage of our self (body & soul) to the control of the spirit alive within us who are born again.
There is a song currently popular in CCM called “Hard Love” by the group Need to Breathe. One of the lines goes like this: “It’s not enough to just feel the flame. You’ve gotta burn your old self away”. This is so radical. I don’t even like feeling the flame! Burning my old self away? But consider: When we let God “burn away” our old self (humanness/sinful nature) we will be free to experience life, real life, and peace of the supernatural variety rather than sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 7:24 & 25), the only human being who ever was or will be perfect.
Note to me: Quit trying to be perfect, let the Perfect One lead you.