Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 1 Peter 4:1-5
Recently, I read this passage of scripture and it reminded me of my old life and how much it is different from my new life in Christ. This is the same for many of us who have put off the old lifestyle and now live in the new life we have in Christ by faith. We no longer (or I at least hope) live in the flesh nor make decisions through our fleshly nature because as it says above we’ve spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles (those who don’t live their lives to please God or follow His commandments). In other words, we’ve spent enough of our lifetime following the ways of this world and the ways of our flesh.
Galatians 5:19-21 reveals to us what the characteristics of the flesh are,
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”