Prayer: Thank you, O God, for the leadership and guidance in your Word, lead me forward in Christ. Amen.
6 But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive…
Are there sins you have committed that you just can’t quite forgive yourself for? Have you carried the guilt and the blame for years? Our devotion writer asks; “How many of us live as though we are held captive by past mistakes? Not one of us can go through life without causing hurt and pain. It’s part of our brokenness and human condition.”
But…in Romans 6:4, Paul says; “we have been buried with [Christ] by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Baptism has freed us for life!
Have you ever lost your glasses, or maybe your car keys, and looked everywhere only to find them on your head, or in your pocket all the along? Forgiveness is often hard to accept. We can mouth the words yet our guilt and shame keep us from being free. All along God has forgiven us, but we often just can’t see our way to accept it.
Prayer: “Gracious God, free me from guilt so I might serve you better. In Christ’s name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
An Analogy from Marriage
7 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only during that person’s lifetime? 2 Thus a married woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies, she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. 3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress.
4 In the same way, my friends, 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. 5 While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we are slaves not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.