Romans 6 (NIV 1984)
:13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
:14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Romans 6 (Amplified)
:13Do not continue offering or yielding your bodily members [and faculties] to sin as instruments (tools) of wickedness. But offer and yield yourselves to God as though you have been raised from the dead to [perpetual] life, and your bodily members [and faculties] to God, presenting them as implements of righteousness.
:14For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God's favor and mercy].
Okay, I’ll click on “Select All,” then hit “Delete.” There! All my bad and sinful habits no longer exist.
Do you wish it were that easy to delete the behavior you no longer want to be doing? Me, too!
The sixth chapter of Romans reminds us repeatedly that Jesus’ death on the cross does delete our sins. That’s called grace. We now need to learn how to apply that truth and offer our lives (and the parts of our bodies) to be used for God’s purposes. But how?
I believe it’s something we have to keep practicing. Maybe remembering these two facts will help:
• Remember that Jesus died to pay for your sins and to set you free from their control over you.
• When you’re tempted to give into past behavior, remember what it cost you last time.
Practice saying no to sin, and yes to God. In His strength, you can do anything that is His will for you. Decide to obey God in this one instance and watch His power at work.
Each time you obey Him, your confidence in His ability to keep you from future sin increases.
Read His Word daily, and pray for His guidance and strength. His power is made perfect in your weakness. Isn’t that incredible?
In Christ all things are possible. Nothing is impossible! You could even say that in Him your sins have been deleted! And you can “replace” those areas with better choices.
• How might contemplating the cost of your sin before you commit it help to prevent you from committing the sin?
• How can meditating on the fact that Jesus died to free you from your sin make a difference in your life?
• How can we specifically pray for you?