“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
-Apostle Paul reveals his position in Christ, a place of death to sin through His grace. He affirms our identity in Christ Who died for our sins for us to access forgiveness & liberty from slavery of sin. In His will Christ lives in us & we are called to willingly submitting our will to His will in a relationship with Him. Our relationship with Christ through faith thus becomes more important than our do’s & don’ts, so that we move from a position of slavery to practice & conform to His image. We are told in 1 John 2:6 that whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did. We thus realise that Jesus’ perfection does not comprise of His deeds only but extended to His thoughts & words. He tells us to be perfect because He is perfect & gives us a demonstration in Matthew 5:28; that whoever looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. We therefore receive fulfilment through Christ Who lives in us & access His grace; as a branch draws life from the Vine. Further, without putting Him first as our Master & serving other masters like power, money, desires, prestige, performance etc, we end up becoming slaves to them. As the vine yields fruit through the branch, we are called to surrender our will to His will in faith so that we may live fulfilled lives through Him Who is our source of life.
We thank You Lord our Father for liberating us through Your mercy & love. We humbly ask for Your forgiveness & cleansing through Your precious blood that our minds & hearts may be renewed. Help us to submit our will to Yours so that we may bear much fruit through You Christ Who gives us life. Our lives belong to You Father, walk with us & direct us in all things. Your throne of grace is everlasting Oh God, we praise You & give You thanks forever. Amen
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