Monday, March 24, 2014

Hall Pass...Romans 6:15

Romans 6:15 

Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 

Many people struggle with this verse. The understanding of what God's grace is and what it means. Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. If you have genuinely surrendered your life to Jesus and made him your savior, you then follow him because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to. That's an example of love. What do you mean want to? I'll compare this to a marraige. When a man and wife are in love and get married, they choose to act a certain way that has been outlined in the God's Word. Read 1 Corinthians 7:1-40. You act and behave in love because you want to, not cause you have to. When you choose Jesus as your savior, its the same act of love, in that you will follow Him & obey Him. Jesus didn't sin while he was on earth. If he's asking you to follow Him, why would you do otherwise? What gives you the right to go on sinning when Jesus tells us to sin no more. John 8:10-11 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” 

In order to have salvation, you need to surrender yourself to Jesus, GENUINELY! You have to mean it and you have to WANT Jesus, Not because you selfishly want something for yourself. Romans 10:9-10 You should want to cultivate and maintain a loving relationship with Jesus as you would a family member you truely love. When you love somebody, you will do things you never thought you'd do, you'd go out of your way for them. In some cases, die for them. Thats what Jesus did for us, DIED for us on the cross. Thats Love!

You want salvation? You want the benefits of heaven when you die, turn to Jesus, BUT check yourself before you wreck yourself! Are you turning to him selfishly because you want something for yourself? HEAVEN? This is your sin nature at work. Romans 6:16-18 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. 

Hebrews 13:4 Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. 

Thank you Father for your Love for us in that you sent your only son to die in our place so that we who choose Jesus as our savior would have eternal life with you in heaven forever! Thank you so much for loving me more than I deserve! I pray in Jesus name! Amen!

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