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Refusing to Sin
Sometimes refusing to sin becomes very difficult, especially if the sin is a well-established pattern of attitude, thinking, speaking, or behavior. It feels like a kind of slavery. Romans Chapter 6 reminds us of our reality as Christians, and exhorts us to break free of the habits of sin and to replace them with the practices that are consistent with a heartfelt devotion to God.
Romans Ch. 6 Live no longer as a slave of sin, but as a “slave” of righteousness and of God.
(slave – not acting independently of something or someone)
v.1-2 Sin is not a reality that believers should persist in.
v.3-7 Being baptized into Christ’s death to sin (His separation from sin), has freed us from being slaves to sin.
v.8-11 Reckon yourselves to be like Christ who died for you—dead to sin, and alive to God.
v.12-14a Don’t let sin and its lusts reign in your life, but devote yourselves to God.
v.14b-15 Don’t use the grace of God as a license to sin.
v.16-19 We believers were once slaves to sin (not acting independently of its appetites and enticements); let us now live as slaves of righteousness (obeying its precepts and observing its boundaries).
Other Application: You are that one’s slave whom you obey (v.16).
Note: slave – “a person who is completely dominated by some influence, habit, person, etc.”1
v.20-23 Slavery to sin ends in paying the wages of death, but slavery to God produces holiness and results in possessing the gift of eternal life.
Copyright © 2015 by Beebe Kauffman
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