Week 5 | Reflection

Far too often the old nature of sin pulls me towards disobedience and the works of the flesh. Satan tries to convince me that I am a slave to sin. I identify most with Romans 7:21, “So I discover a new law: When I want to do good, evil is present with me.” But we must not forget the power of Christ and his work: his death, burial, descent, his resurrection, and his ascent. In Romans 6 we are told that we are no longer enslaved to sin since we have died to sin in Christ (Rom 6:6–9). The body that was ruled by sin in now powerless. But often, far too often, sin rears its ugly head within me. So, what can we do? Romans 6:12–14 tells us,

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you because you are not under the law but under grace.

The answer, in short, is draw close to God and seek to please him. Easier said than done, but not when we look to Christ and seek to draw close to him. He is powerful enough to help us walk freely and his Spirit is quick to aid us.

Dougald McLaurin