Monday, May 14, 2018
40 Days of Prayer
This devotional series is in conjunction with the current curriculum series all Life and Home Groups are currently going through.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
God’s grace is not a license for us to wink at sin. Grace was purchased for us by Christ’s agonizing death on the cross. Though less painful, the “old self” of those “in Christ” has also been crucified with Him. By identifying with His death and resurrection, we have also died to sin and now walk in new life characterized by intimate fellowship with God. Thank God that we no longer have to fear death in the battle over sin. He who has already died is freed from sin.