I don’t often use the Bible paraphrase “The Message,” but today, it struck a chord. This is actually verses 12-14 of Romans 6:
“That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.”
That old life we were living was comfortable and enjoyable. It’s really easy to slip back into the habit. Sin is deceitful. It entices. It begs us to return. Our flesh longs for it.
We need to remember that we’re not being kept from doing things by laws that seem to prohibit all the good stuff. We are living, rescued from eternal death, raised from death to LIFE. Those old sinful ways, that sin that even now beckons to us, hold only death.
Let’s choose Life again today (John 14:6). Let’s choose to walk in the amazing grace freely given by God. Let’s choose to enjoy the freedom of God.
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© 2019 Faye Stoeffler Bryant