Romans 7

The Law was that husband who only ever pointed out faults, pushed your buttons and brought out the worst in you. Legally bound by marriage to this guy: Mr. Right, but not in the way you were hoping. Now there’s the possibility of being married to Jesus and you want out! 

“You have died to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. While we were living in our flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the Law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the Law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under an old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.” (7:4-6)

That is some REAL good news! Identifying with the death of Christ (this is signified in baptism BTW) makes us dead to the sin that had sentenced us to death. There is power in the resurrection of Jesus and He shares it with us! 

Like all things, it takes awhile to get used to. We will spend our whole lives growing into this truth: Sin is no longer in charge. It still feels pretty in charge. But what does it say we were released for in the first place? 

“So that we may bear fruit for God.”

What are the fruits of the Spirit? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

Jesus is 100% responsible for our salvation and makes it possible for us to succeed at anything, but we need to decide how much fruit we want to produce. How successful do you want to be at loving people? Doing good? Staying faithful?

Will you invest effort into this beautiful new marriage, full of unlimited potential? Will you fight the good fight, not because you have to, but because you Husband who loves you perfectly is giving you the opportunity?

-Bethany

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