I love how the Holy Spirit works. He helps us understand God’s Word as we read it. Sometimes it comes as a gentle reminder, and other times as a wake up call that feels more like a punch in the gut. In both cases the Holy Spirit tends to draw our attention toward just the right verse we need to see. For me today – it was the very first sentences.
“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” – Romans 6:1-2
Yesterday we had just finished reading the last verses of chapter 5 that spoke about grace increasing where sin increased. Paul is teaching the people in chapter 6 that just because we live now in grace, does not give us a free ticket to keep on living in sin. In fact, because we have been set free – we should want to flee sin all the more. Paul goes on to explain why the Law was put in place by God and why it’s important. I love in chapter 7 verse 7 how Paul says that the law is what helped him realize he was in sin. Paul says, “…I would not have known what sin was except through the law…”
May we all receive the grace offered to us by Christ, but then live like Him and not like our sinful nature. We have been set free! So rather than using that freedom to live in sin and selfishness – use that freedom to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to Jesus. Live in such a way that points others to Him.