“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”
Romans 6:1-11 NLT
Jesus has delivered us from the power of sin, which is the Law (see I Corinthians 15:56). He has liberated us from the penalty of sin, which is death (see Romans 6:23). He has set us free from the practice of sin (see John 8:36). He has warned us of the potential to sin (see I John 2:1-2). As followers of Jesus, we are called to live a lifestyle that honors the name we claim as our Lord (see I John 2:6). Saying we love Jesus and living like the devil are mutually exclusive things. If we love Jesus, let's act like it. If the Creator of all things lives in us, our lives will evidence the fact. Let's prove our possession and profession by our practice!!
Rev. Curtis Norris