What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:1-4
“It doesn’t really matter if I sin or not. God will forgive me anyway.” I still remember the pain of hearing those words from a friend. She didn’t understand that our new life in Christ begins when we accept him as Savior, not after we die. Yes, it is true that God will forgive the repentant, but there are still consequences to our actions that affect us and those around us. We don’t need to suffer the consequences if we make the right choices.
Dying to sin means freedom to live … really live to the fullest as God has ordained. If we don’t turn our backs on sin, we are still imprisoned in it. Our life will reflect the imprisonment rather than the glorious freedom we have in Christ.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the freedom you give to me through your sacrifice on the cross. I pray that I never take it for granted and live in freedom in you rather than imprisonment in myself. Amen
Faith Tip: Is there a sin in your life that you considered not really significant to God? It’s time to be free from it.