Isn’t it hard to follow the rules sometimes? I’m not speaking about rules with traffic or debit cards, I mean the spiritual rules: “thou shalt not speak slander, thou shalt not commit sexual immorality, etc. I broke a certain rule in the past. It comes from 1 Timothy 5:1: “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers.” 1 Timothy 5:1
Almost a year ago, as I have mentioned in the past, I was in a serious relationship. I moved in with the person I was with after a year of dating. His family became like my own instantly. I spent an enormous amount of time with this family, and that comes with a lot of quirks. I had to adjust to how his family ran their household compared to mine, which was extremely difficult. His father spent a lot of time pointing out my flaws and helped me analyze them in order for me to grow. At the time, I thought he was being really harsh to me, and also thought he was purposely trying to put me down. I was way wrong. He had me follow certain rules because he wanted the best for his son and for me to succeed. I have taken that as one of my biggest life lessons by accepting constructive criticism and growing from it.
So, how does this relate to our Romans Study? Chapter 7 explains that we are free from the sinful law. It’s very difficult for us to escape the grasp of worldly sin and to live a righteous life. Paul explain this: He corrects us in order to grow us. This world may make you feel like a failure, but God doesn’t. “So this is the point: the “law” no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross.” Romans 7:4.
Here is something to keep in mind after reading that verse: our flesh is moving, but our spirit is flying. The world may try to own our minds, but God owns our souls.
It’s so important to put into our hearts that following the law of God is a pathway to righteousness. When we are controlled by the Spirit, our flesh weakens sin and our spirit strengthens us. “When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us. Now, we have been released from the law, for we died with Christ and are no longer captive to its power. Romans 7:5-6
Begin today by making a choice: abide by the spiritual law in order to grow to eternity with Christ. We have the choice of producing good fruit. We have been given this law: spread seeds of the Gospel! Slaves of God are FREE! Our souls belong to heaven! Turn in your chains for crowns!