Romans 6:17.18 (NIV 1984)
17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.
18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Romans 6 (AMP)
17 But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.
18 And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action).
Thank God! Literally.
Did you notice the opening to verse seventeen: But thanks be to God, that though you used to be slaves to sin …?
When I was struggling with the eating disorder I discussed in previous posts, I couldn’t imagine ever being free from the constant hunger and anger of not being “allowed” to eat. Along with the behavior associated with anorexia, I also fell into immorality due to extreme loneliness and “needing to be held.” Ten years ago, I was hungry, angry, and sexually immoral. Thankfully, I was able to break free from all of that because of God’s great mercy!
But I certainly wasn’t sin-free. Several years later, after marrying my wonderful husband, Bert, I discovered I had other nasty sinful habits. So almost six years ago, I found out I was critical, judgmental, and selfish. Again, thank God, I began the process of being transformed by His grace.
Almost two years ago, I began writing for this blog. But it wasn’t until I disciplined myself to take the time to memorize the verses, did I experience again a dramatic change in my behavior. So for the last several months, I’m finally becoming more loving and less demanding of others to make my life better! (I can hear all the Berts out there saying, thank God!)
How different are you from the person you were ten years ago? Six years ago? Even three month ago?
What are you no longer enslaved to? I really hope I get some comments on this. It’s exciting to see the changes God has brought about, isn’t it?
When we’re no longer under bondage of a bad or sinful habit, we are free to live the life God has planned for us. We’re free to fulfill His purpose for us which results in amazing peace and joy.
Let’s continue pursuing Him and His ways as we persevere in resisting sin. He is eager to help us!
In the meanwhile …
• What sin or bad habits have you been set free from?
• How has it changed your life? Your legacy?
• Have others lives been changed because of what God has done in your life?