Motivated By God’s Spirit

16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are contrary to each other, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

– Galatians 5:16-18

The Message Version (MSG)

被神的靈引導

16-18 我要勸勉你們的是:你們要自由地生活,要被神的靈引導,這樣你們就不會被私慾所推動。因為有罪的私慾在我們心裡生了根,是與使人自由的靈相違背的,就如使人自由的靈不容許私慾存在一樣。這兩種生活是完全對立的,因此你們不能按自己喜歡,時而隨聖靈引導生活,時而隨罪的私慾生活。你們為什麼不選擇隨從聖靈的引導,這樣就不用在律法之下,隨著不同的標準左搖右擺。

—加拉太書五16-18 

摘自 畢德生《請你吃聖經》*主題經張天慧醫師修輯整理