Bye Bye Mr. Flesh
Updated: Mar 28, 2022
A short open letter to the flesh based on selected scriptures from Romans Chapter 8.
Dear Mr. Flesh,
How are you? Not well I presume. You’ve probably been feeling a bit lonely of late, so I wanted to write a letter to you to let you know where we stand. Do not think that I am not aware that you are lurking underneath it all. I know you want things your way, but I have a new Master now. I need to let you know that I don’t owe you anything and that I will not give you the pleasure of sitting on the throne of my life. I have learned that when I allow you to be in control, I do not please my new Master. If I would have let you remain in control, you would have killed me. As it is now, because of my new Master, I have life and I have peace. I’ve also come to know that because of my new Master, I no longer entertain guilt or shame. When you were in control, I would always come away feeling that way. It’s all because of my new life. You see, the Spirit of my Master lives in me. I know how that sounds, but it’s true, and as long as I keep in step with Him and not you, I’m free.
I’ve spent and wasted so much time trying to measure up by keeping law. The ‘rules’ some might call them. The problem was that no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t pull it off with any satisfaction. It didn’t matter if I prayed harder, or louder, or even read my bible more. Everything I did led to a dead end because it was part of the problem. I was putting my faith in the doing those things, rather than my Master. Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing wrong with those things. It’s just that I made a law out them. You never liked when I did those things anyway. Doing those things could never work and it was all because of you. I hate to be so blunt, but you’re weak. I didn’t know that I could never be free by living that way; but I was certainly trying. I’m under a new law now, so to speak, all made possible by my Master–and make no mistake—things are different now. I am definitely not perfect, but I’m free. I want that to be clear; I’m FREE.
I’m sorry. I didn’t tell you my Master’s name. His name is Jesus Christ. He and His finished work on the Cross are responsible for this new change in me. I have been free (and I don’t apologize for being redundant). Truly free. The struggle is over. Bye bye Mr. Flesh. If I see you again, it’ll be too soon.
No longer in you, but in Christ, A Set free Child of God
Rom.8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
That’s the Word! Take it with you. God bless you.