Starving out our Temptations: Part 1–Sistertalk: Reflections from Ellen
As I enjoyed the days of Thanksgiving holiday (and eating), a friend and I committed to help each other with individual December health goals. Why wait till Jan. 1st for resolutions, right? For starters, I’ll try to hit the gym twice a week for the elliptical, and also try ONE MORE TIME to be diligent about drinking lots of water. No time like now to get a fresh start, right?
But ohhh….the pull of our fleshly desires just doesn’t die easily. They don’t just go away, do they sisters? They need to be starved, slowly slain…dried out. You choose the adverbial phrase that resonates most deeply with your own experience as a woman seeking to live and relate in holy ways.
Romans 13:14 is a verse that speaks to this ‘holy starvation’ process that we’re all called to as followers of Christ. It says, “But put on (be clothed with) the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Somehow, putting on the clothes of Jesus Christ (that is, his character) while, at the same time, learning how to starve our unique patterns of temptation and selfish desire, is the spiritual combination that leads to the changes God wants to make in our lives.
And unlike typical January resolutions, which tend to be self-focused, the changes God is making in us leads to a growing desire and ability to love others. That’s the larger context of verse 14, which begins with verse 8. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
I’ll explore these thoughts a bit more in my next posts.
- Read these passages to learn more of what it means to be “clothed” in Jesus: Colossians 3:12-13; Galatians 3:26-28.
- What desires of your flesh keep you from loving people? Don’t think just in terms of ‘big’ sin but of everyday, ‘little’ ways that you make provision for selfishness in your life.