Daily Devotion, September 11, 2020 - Life After Death

P: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – September 11, 2020
Reading:
Romans 6:1-14
Weekly Theme: Beyond Forgiveness
Today: Life After Death

When someone asks the question, “do you believe in life after death?”, many of us automatically assume this means “do you believe in eternal life after your physical death on earth?” This is a great question but not the meaning behind the title of today’s devotion. When we come to know Jesus Christ, we die to a life lived in the flesh and are raised to a new life in the Spirit. This is not something that we can “make happen”; it is a result of the justifying grace of God when God’s Spirit comes to reside within us and begin the sanctification process in our new life. We have been set free from the burdens of sin and just as Christ died for our sins, we die to our sins and begin a new life that is in Christ. What does this new life look like?

In the new life given to us through Christ, we no longer allow sin to reign in our lives and we no longer are obedient to the evil desires of our flesh. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we no longer offer any part of ourselves to sin. Instead, we offer every part of ourselves to God as an instrument of righteousness and sin no longer is our master. We no longer are burdened by guilt and shame because we no longer live under the law but live under and are covered by God’s grace.

This does not mean that we no longer need the law to help us identify the sin in our life that distances us from God but it does mean that we are no longer bound by it because of the mighty acts of Jesus Christ. The two Great Commandments, to love God and love others, cover all other commandments given to us throughout God’s Word. Again, these laws are not meant to be binding but are meant to help us identify those actions in our lives that do not reflect the love of God and illustrate our love for others. On these two commandments, all others hang. As Christians, the Holy Spirit removes our desire for sin and puts within us a convicting power that inspires us to not cheapen the grace of God by committing sins.

What happens if we slip and sin? We acknowledge what God has already done through Jesus Christ to forgive us for our sins, we acknowledge we are still prone to sin and we repent and turn away from the sin we have allowed to enter our lives. Because of what Jesus did, we can die to those sins and embrace the freedom from that sin immediately. Living beyond forgiveness means that we acknowledge a new life in Christ as we have died to our sins, acknowledge God’s forgiveness, having been raised to a new life and no longer bound by sin.

Dear God, we thank you for your forgiveness and for the life you offer beyond forgiveness, a new life of freedom. Help us to never cheapen your grace poured out through Christ by minimizing His mighty acts by living a lifestyle of sin. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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