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))
“So that the body of sin might be done away with!”
I find it interesting that far too many people believe that God would not condemn them for their sin because He loves them.
Did God love Jesus before He came to the earth?
Did God love Jesus when He was beaten?
Did God love Jesus when He was crucified?
Why would God put His only begotten Son through all of this if we could be with Him and still hold onto our sin?
Jesus did not go through everything that He suffered so that we can keep sin in our lives. Jesus came to bring forgiveness, but forgiveness requires repentance. To repent means to turn around, to turn away from what you are currently doing.
If you are driving and you see a sign that says that the bridge is out, do you defiantly keep going? Do you tell the people that you are with that you don’t believe the sign? Do you tell them that it no longer applies to the world because with today’s modern construction, why would the bridge be out? Do you keep ignoring the warnings and drive off into the chasm that the bridge was supposed to span?
I find it so ironic and sad that when it comes to salvation, far too many people are doing what I described the driver doing with the bridge.
We all sin. We all need redemption. We all need a way to escape the consequences of our sin. God has given us a way to turn away from the sin that leads to death. Don’t be like the driver who ignores the signs before him.
Don’t hold on to your sin!