I recently read an insightful, yet secular article that offered a good bit of life advice.
It proposed the idea that if we stop constantly rating our life experiences as good and bad, that we could live meaningfully “in the moment”.
This is a fascinating concept; although, it can develop into a very frightening reality real quick.
Christians have a much more in-depth truth needed gauge life while meanwhile “living in the moment”.
Good and bad are important considerations.
But what are the roots when they present themselves practically.
Spirit versus flesh.
When in Christ, we are to walk in Spirit. Putting on the new man (Ephesians 4:24)!
Walking is an active word. We need to live considering the things of God which are found in His word. Applying them and honoring God in the process!
Walking in the Spirit negates walking in the flesh.
In Galatians 5:16 Paul teaches that,
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Walking in the flesh is a lustful existence, which is not possible to break without the resurrection power of Christ’s Gospel!
It plagues humanity from the moment we are born and has been a destructive reality since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12).
Secular culture waters this down. This is what secular culture would call “bad”.
Ignoring the effects of Spirit and flesh in order to feel as if life is “meaningful” is not a healthy position for Christians. Because those whose position is in Christ, are positioned in the Spirit!
So yeah, forget “good” and “bad”. Live in the “Spirit” and put off the “flesh”.