|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
continue. By faith we are justified, by hope we endure to the end. In
addition we serve each other in love because true faith is not idle. Our
love, however, is faulty. In bidding you to walk in the Spirit I indicate to
you that our love is not sufficient to justify us. Neither do I demand that
you should get rid of the flesh, but that you should control and subdue it."
VERSE 17. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit
against the flesh.
When Paul declares that "the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit
against the flesh," he means to say that we are not to think, speak or do the
things to which the flesh incites us. "I know," he says, "that the flesh
courts sin. The thing for you to do is to resist the flesh by the Spirit. But
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy:
I was a great cause of my mother's death, and I am
the chief cause of hers."
"How?" said Venn.
"I spoke cruel words to her, and she left my house.
I did not invite her back till it was too late. It is I who
ought to have drowned myself. It would have been a charity
to the living had the river overwhelmed me and borne her up.
But I cannot die. Those who ought to have lived lie dead;
and here am I alive!"
"But you can't charge yourself with crimes in that way,"
said Venn. "You may as well say that the parents be the
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