“Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God” – Romans 6:12-13
There is no such thing as a “private or white” sin. Have you ever convinced yourself that a certain kind of sin was OK as long as no one knew about it? Resolve in your heart to obey God in the future – even when no one is looking. All addictions begin in the same way: a person decides to dabble in something. That initial experience creates a desire for more, which over time leads to a sense of powerlessness before the substance or behavior. Sin operates in much the same way. It attacks the will and the soul, here and there, until we are deadened to its impact on our loves. Sin, like an addiction, becomes a power that seeks to dominate our lives. In this passage, Paul encourages us to offer our bodies and ourselves to God, as though they were actual sacrifices given up for His purposes. Are you willing to sacrifice yourself to a loving God in order to escape the destructive power of sin?
Sin’s Power Is Broken
Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined Him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with Him in his death, we will also be raised to life as He was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with Him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and He will never die again. Death no longer has any power over Him. When He died, He died once to break the power of sin. But now that He lives, He lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper.