Galatians 5:16 New International Version

The Fruit of the Spirit and the Works of the Flesh

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Ephesians 2:3 New International Version

3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[1] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

1 John 2:15-17 New International Version

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[2] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 5:19 New International Version

19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.


[1] 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for "flesh" ("sarx" ) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.

[2] 2:15 Or "world, the Father's love"

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