"For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin---" Romans 6:6 (NIV)
In Romans 6, Paul addressed the issue of sin and its relation to the Christian. In Christ, we have been set free from the penalty of sin, but we are still in the presence of sin and its deadly influence.
But even though sin continues to beckon, we no longer have to listen, as Charles Spurgeon teaches in this helpful insight.
WALK WITH CHARLES SPURGEON
“All sin is contrary to the designs of eternal love, which has an eye to your purity and holiness. Do not run counter to the purposes of the Lord.
Be free, and let the remembrance of your past bondage forbid you to enter the net again.
Christians can never sin cheaply; they pay a heavy price for iniquity.
Each time you ‘serve sin,’ you have crucified the Lord afresh, and put Him to an open shame. Can you bear that thought?
Turn to Jesus anew; He has not forgotten His love to you; His grace is still the same. With weeping and repentance, come into His presence and there you shall stand firm.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Equipped with new life in Jesus Christ, we no longer have to give in to sin. But that doesn’t mean we will never have to face sin. For God has called us to represent Him in a sin-filled world.
Old relationships may lure us. Sinful pleasures may invite us. But in Christ we have the power to say no. And it’s important that we do precisely that, for while sin doesn’t pay, we will pay if we fail to draw on His strength.
We will pay by bearing the effects of sin. We will pay in the loss of fellowship with him.
We will pay by receiving God’s loving, but firm discipline.
We will pay with a life that’s joyless and empty.
Is sin worth all that?
Let's celebrate Christ by putting off our old self and saying no to sin, and yes to Jesus.