Aug 27

Don’t Sin

Don’t Sin

 

Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.                                             (Rom 6:15-18 NLT)

 

When we read Roman 6 we get the very clear impression that Paul intends for us to stop sinning. That is, we will stop doing the things we know Jesus, our husband, hates, the things that nailed him to a cross.  Can you imagine a wife saying to her husband, “Oh, honey, you know I love you, and I know you hate it, but I just can’t stop throwing cigarette butts all over the floor.” Paul calls that kind of behavior slavery. He is speaking of the addictive power of sin. We are either in its grip or we are not. We are not talking about unintentional or ignorant acts and attitudes which still need the covering blood of Christ, but about stuff we know full well is wrong.  We have to make a choice, Paul says: we will either be a slave to sinning, or a slave to doing what our Savior loves, what is right. So who rules your life? Who is the master whose command you cannot help but obey. Sin is addictive; it is dominating; it is destructive. You cannot be “a little bit” addicted to heroin. You are, or you aren’t. “Thank God! Once you were slaves to sin…. Now you are free from your slavery to sin.” Is it true? It ought to be

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