Romans 6 (NIV 1984)
:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
:9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.
:10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
Romans 6 (Amplified)
:8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
:9 Because we know that Christ (the Anointed One), being once raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has power over Him.
:10 For by the death He died, He died to sin [ending His relation to it] once for all; and the life that He lives, He is living to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].
“I’m breaking up with you!”
Ouch! It hurts when someone decides to stop being our friend or significant other. Even when we’re the ones doing the breaking-up, there’s pain involved.
However, I can’t think of a more liberating feeling than telling Satan, “I’m breaking up with you! You won’t control me any longer. I found Somebody else!”
What sin(s) or habit(s) is Satan using to harm your relationship with God?
Jesus’ death on the cross made it possible to end our relationship to sin, and begin living for God. Hard to grasp the full meaning of that, isn’t it? Think about how meditating on that truth can free us from destructive conduct, negative thought processes, and the very way we view ourselves.
I planned on focusing on just two verses, but as I struggled to write this post I had to include verse ten. It sums up the previous verses perfectly, doesn’t it?
As we continue memorizing (or meditating on) and applying Romans 6, let’s persevere so we can truly celebrate the Easter season!
What about you?
• What habitual sin or habit is controlling you?
• This week, will you ask God to help you die to that behavior once and for all?