Romans 6 (NIV 1984)
: 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—
: 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
Romans 6 (AMP)
: 6 We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.
: 7 For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].
“Oh, God, when will I ever change?”
Countless times I beseeched God to help me change in specific areas. And thankfully, God has helped me mature in some of them, but I still have much more growing to do. Just ask my husband, Bert. (Rather, please don’t!)
What does it take to really change?
We have to nail our disobedient nature to the cross with Christ.
Simple, but challenging. We say no to sin, and yes to Christ each time we’re tempted. We realize His death on the cross not only paid the penalty for our sins, but His death and resurrection even delivers us from being controlled by sin.
I’m not trying to say this is an easy practice, or that there’s some kind of instant deliverance involved when we memorize these verses. But I am telling you (from personal experience) that there is victory over sin – even from those that seem to cling to us – when we continually surrender our will to the One Who surrendered His life for us.
Choose today to be free from sin. Again, let’s obey God one choice at a time. (It helps me to keep my Scripture memory cards near me, especially when I’m having trouble overcoming temptation.)
What about you?
• Is meditating on Romans 6 helping the season of Lent become more meaningful to you?
• Are you able to recite the previous five verses?
To be honest, I’m not able to recite all the verses perfectly. But as I continue the effort to commit the verses to memory, I can feel myself acquiring a level of maturity and a deepening love for God’s Word. And remember, even if you just spend time each day meditating on these verses, you’ll reap huge benefits.