8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.x 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”a y and whatever other command there may be, are summed upz in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”b a 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.b
11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already comec for you to wake up from your slumber,d because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.e So let us put aside the deeds of darknessf and put on the armorg of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness,h not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.i 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ,j and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.c k
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.