Week 21, Day 3
Week 21, Day 3
May 25, 2022
Scripture: Romans 7
“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (Romans 7:6)
We serve by way of the Spirit. We live by the Spirit. The old way is death, and the new way is life, through the Spirit of Christ. The law revealed our sin. The Spirit reveals forgiveness and life.
Paul then opens up about his own struggles with sin. “I don’t always do the good I ought to.” We can relate with Paul, can’t we? There is a lot of good we intend, and only evil comes.
This connection with Paul leads us to say, “See, Paul is just like me, he struggled with sin.” We quickly relate that he has sin. But I would like to emphasize that he “struggled.” As in, there was a desire to leave sin behind. He hated his sin. There was good for him to do, and it grieved him that he didn’t. He hated the sinful death that was working within his heart and life.
Love and embrace the new life you have in the Spirit of God. Hate evil, turn from sin, and walk in newness of life. When we say we “struggle” with sin, remind yourself that this is a good thing. Keep struggling.
May we all struggle with our sins. It’s when we stop struggling and just turn towards accepting that there’s a lack of repentance problem. Turn from sin, wrestle with and struggle with it. Seek first Christ, His righteousness and kingdom.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.