June 26

Romans 6:12-18

“But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” vss. 17-18

Some wonderful and devout followers of Jesus are obsessed with perfection. They’re conscious of all their words, thoughts, and actions and know instantly when they’ve sinned–and their weakness drives them nuts–and it happens nearly every day. As a result they’re continually lamenting their sins and constantly down on themselves. Their anguish is palpable–and it’s all so sad. Our call is not to free ourselves from sin, it’s to accept our freedom from sin, and there’s a big difference. When we try to free ourselves from sin we’re attempting the impossible, and it’ll never happen. But when we accept our freedom from sin, we can celebrate the righteousness we have in Christ. Of course sin will visit us from time to time, probably even daily, but in Christ we are no longer its slaves. In fact, in Christ righteousness will abound, and as we continue to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus, we will lead spectacular lives, ones that are full of love and kindness even if they aren’t models of perfection! To obsess about our sin is to be a slave to that sin, and it destroys the joy of living. We’re forgiven sinners, and will be until the day we die. 

Thought for the Day: How do I feel when I sin?

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