Strange title? Maybe… or maybe not!
I was reading in a small men’s (men of all sizes actually) S.O.A.P bible study this morning Romans 8: 1-17. I recently purchased this amazing parallel bible that gives me the NIV on the left hand and the message paraphrase on the right of the same verses.
I have always loved this passage because of the freedom in the spirit of Christ that it reveals. However, some new words and thoughts occurred to me this morning as we read it together.
The first part is a great contrast between choosing to “live in” the Spirit or “live in” the desires of the flesh. It then quickly sets us free that we are not “controlled by” by the flesh if we have the Spirit within us. However verses 12 – 15 jumped out at me today as I looked at both the NIV version and the Message paraphrase.