Scriptural Support For The Day – Galatians 5:16-17

“16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” -Galatians 5:16-17 (NIV)

8 thoughts on “Scriptural Support For The Day – Galatians 5:16-17

    1. I think it’s sometimes quite useful to use “Mr.” in front of his name as an aspect of personhood. Also, the gender thing is kinda interesting when you consider that the Hebrew term for Holy Spirit is actually feminine (quite the controversy for some).

      Either way, I think that God likes it when we develop personal names for him in how we relate to him. Something about the relational element draws us closer.


  1. Have you ever listened to The Bible Answer Man (Hank Hanegraaff)? Despite my personals views towards him, I was listening to him on the way home last week and heard something interesting. He was talking to a caller about the verse in Genesis that talks about us being made in God’s image. Hank went on to talk about how God is neither male nor female but that He transcends gender. Hadn’t really thought about it.

    Not sure what I think of developing personal names for God. I can understand what you are trying to say though.


    1. Yeah. God certainly is beyond gender. That’s a huge point. I just liked the idea that Father, Son and Holy Spirit is meant to be a picture of God in three family roles and implies the possibility of that God being represented as both genders and not gendered at all. Kind of a validation of females in a unique way that sometimes gets ignored with the male-centric language.

      As for personal names? I just mean things like “Daddy,” “Papa,” etc.


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