罗马书 8:5-8 Romans 8:5-8
8:5 因为随从肉体的人体贴肉体的事，随从圣灵的人体贴圣灵的事。8:6 体贴肉体的，就是死；体贴圣灵的，乃是生命、平安。8:7 原来体贴肉体的，就是与神为仇；因为不服 神的律法，也是不能服，8:8 而且属肉体的人不能得神的喜欢。
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
若我们的思想受我们肉体的私欲控制，我们所有的心思忆念都属肉体。保罗在加拉太书提到这些肉体的行为。圣经说：“情欲的事都是显而易见的，就如奸淫、污秽、邪荡、拜偶像、邪术、仇恨、争竞、忌恨、 恼怒、 结党、纷争、异端、嫉妒、醉酒、荒宴等类。”
但若我们的思想受圣灵所引领，我们所想的是讨圣灵喜悦的事，就像保罗在腓力比书说： “凡是真实的、可敬的、公义的、清洁的、可爱的、有美名的，若有甚么德行，若有甚么称赞，这些事你们都要思念。 ”
If our mind is dominated by our lustful, sinful nature, all that occupies our mind and heart are sinful things, such as those mentioned by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:19-21. The Scripture says,
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.”
But if our mind is controlled by the Holy Spirit we will think about things that please the Spirit, such as those mentioned by Paul in Philippians 4:8,
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Depending on who is in control of our mind, the results are very different and diametrically opposite; either for one whose mind is being dominated by sinful desires or one whose mind is Spirit-controlled. One leads to turmoil, darkness and death, while the other leads to peace, light and life. The final result is that a sin-dominated life would incur God’s wrath while the Spirit-controlled person walks in line with God’s will and pleases Him.