“So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:12-13).

Seeing how the flesh has done us no favors, we owe it nothing in return. We are, however, under obligation to the life of the Spirit being accomplished in us as followers of Christ. It should be of no shock that, because we are the people of God, there is an expectation of how we are to live (James 2:19,26). Certainly, we have all said, in response to someone’s abundant kindness, “I am indebted to you.” As such, would we not then live with a sense of indebtedness and obligation to the One who has done so much more?

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