My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
(Proverbs 5:1-2 ESV)
Have you ever noticed that no one has to teach a toddler to say no? No one has to reveal to a child what a lie is. They just do it. They know how to manipulate, to bend the truth, and how to straight-up disobey their authority. I believe this is the most blatant way to see our natural inclination of sin. We are birthed wanting what we don’t need; we enter this world with desires of the flesh. Proverbs affirm this truth over and over. It tells of the natural inclinations we will hold–inclinations toward deception, adultery, and any sin you could imagine. Then, the author (sometimes gently and sometimes harshly) guides us in the way of the Lord. They way that rejects lust, anger, and hopelessness. It gives practical wisdom for condemning the flesh we have been placed in. But as I read, I am increasingly grateful that the Spirit is married to my flesh. Though I still give in to my own desires, I get to rejoice in the freedom I have in Christ. He has given me the ability to resist temptation with His power, making me unreliant on my own flesh. Thank you, Jesus, for your Spirit.
Lord, you are kind and good to have given us the gift of the Spirit. Thank you for dwelling within me and allowing me to say no to the inclinations of my own flesh. I love you, Lord.