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Verse 16: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”

In the Rankin-Bass production of The Hobbit (one of the first VHS tapes I ever bought), there is a scene after Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves are rescued by the eagles and deposited outside the Forest of Mirkwood. Fretting over how foreboding and dangerous the forest looked, Gandalf reassured them to follow the path on the map, and it would take them straight through safely. “Do not stray from the track, or you will never get out of Mirkwood.” Gandalf cautioned them. Obviously it didn’t take much coaxing to convince the company to follow Gandalf’s instructions.

In that scene, staying on the safe path keeps one safe from the dangers around them. This is a similar analogy to what Paul cautions here. Only by trusting in Jesus and walking in the Spirit, do we avoid the temptations and the situations that could lead to sin. Think about all that surrounds us on earth today. The temptation to sin is a powerful tool that the devil wields against us; we can’t fight that by ourselves, but only through the help of the Lord. One of the ways the Lord helps us avoid those situations is by instructing us to walk “the straight and narrow” path.

Something to think about.

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