Romans 6:14, Titus 2:11-12 NIV 2011
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say, “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
Paul was keenly aware of the power of sin in his life before he met Christ on the road to Damascus. King David knew there was sin in his life. Psalm 19:13a, “Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.” At the cross all believers are freed from the grip of sin through faith in Jesus Christ. Paul’s letter to Titus offered the same message. God’s grace encourages rejection of ungodliness that leads to holy living. Believers should expect a lifelong struggle with the law and sin.
My third BSF Teaching Leader used the phrase, “Right conduct is founded on right doctrine” when we studied Romans. I actually wrote it in my blue NIV Bible. In order for me to conduct myself in a manor pleasing to the Lord, I need to be in God’s Word daily. That doesn’t mean I will not keep on sinning but it does guide me away from sin while thinking about what I’m about to do. Keeping the Lord close helps when I struggle with the law and sin.
How will we remain close to Him today?
Believers struggling together,