Friday, March 2, 2012

“Sorry” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

Romans 6 NIV 1984    
:1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?
:2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?

Romans 6 (AMP)
:1 What shall we say [to all this]? Are we to remain in sin in order that God's grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow?
:2 Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?

“Haven’t I told you to stop doing that?”

How often have you heard that question? Perhaps it was asked by a parent, teacher, spouse, or by God, Himself.

There are things we do repeatedly and pray that one day we’ll stop. Yet we still continue doing that sinful behavior or habit. Why?

We love our spouse or friend, but we continue to nag, lie, or something else – and if we’re honest – we figure I know I shouldn’t, but I’m just going to do it one more time. And then I’ll say I’m sorry…

Soon, regret and self-hate sets in more and more as we realize we aren’t changing.

We do the same thing with God, don’t we?

This week’s verse begins with a question referring to the case made in the previous chapter of Romans: As man’s sins increased, God’s grace and mercy increased more.

Therefore, what shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning knowing He’ll keep forgiving us? Do we really want to take God’s kindness for granted and continue the downward spiral?

When is it time to stop?

During the next twelve weeks, I want to see how much we can grow while memorizing Romans Chapter Six. Together, let’s die to sin and rise to a new life in Christ during this Lent and Easter season!

We’ll take it one or two verses at a time. But even if you don’t memorize it word for word, I encourage you to stay with us on this journey. I honestly believe we will experience amazing victories as we commit to this endeavor.

Will you join us? Are you excited?

What about you?

• Are you ready to push harder to become the person God can help you be?

• What one sin or bad habit will you ask God to help you with this week?


  1. It never ceases to amaze me that God is continuing to work on me when I deliberately do it my way instead. When I'm not His best best representative and stand up for Him, the Holy Spirit is still praying for me as I am doing something that dishonors Him. How great a love is that???

  2. Verna, I'm always happy when I find out you left a comment on the blog! Thank you for all the ways you encourage me with this blog and at church. I also like the point you made; His love is indeed great. It's difficult to comprehend His unconditional love for us, isn't it?


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