Are you truly free?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
(Romans 6:4-7 (NIV))

What a glorious statement! We, as believers, are free from sin!

This does not mean that we do not sin. We are still human. What this means is that we are free from the punishment of sin. We have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. He has paid the price for our sin. It has been washed away from us by His crucifixion. Through His resurrection, we have been granted the right to be born again, to be looked upon by God as righteous and spotless in His sight.

We will still sin.

We are in the world.

The world is controlled by Satan, the father of all lies and sin.

But, we will not be condemned to suffer the consequences of sin, for we have a risen Savior in Jesus Christ!

I think that I need to clarify something at this point for those who may have missed it earlier. I am not saying that because we profess a faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior that we can sin if we want to. Sin is something that we must honestly desire to remove from our lives, yet, because we are human, we will fail. In our effort to remove sin, we will sin. We will miss the mark.

If we long to sin, then we have a wrong impression of what Jesus came into this world to accomplish. He did not come so that we could sin as much as we want and then ask for forgiveness. He came into this world to give us a hope that we can earnestly seek after a righteous life without the consequences of our failures.

It is a matter of attitude.

Do you seek righteousness and life or do you seek sin?

You will earn what you seek.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 6:23 (NIV))

Are you truly free from sin and death?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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