There are many sins and sinful habits that Christians face in their lives that weaken their witness and cause their service to be ineffective. I am writing, not as a person who has fully overcome and conquered every battle, but as one who has received God’s grace and power to overcome. I do know the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
There are many places in Paul’s letters where he puts powerful truth in perspective. In his first letter, Paul writes; “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). He confirmed this principle, that allowing sin to have any place in our lives is the same thing as submitting to “slavery” (Romans 6:12-23).
He looks at sin from another angle; leaven. “Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” It is like an unseen substance that works in the members of our body and spreads through pride. There is only one way to deal with sin in us; “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:6–7). Christ died so you could have freedom from sin.
Paul tells us that we must deal violently with sin as he did in himself; “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Five times in three letters, Paul exhorts us to “cast off” or “put off the old” and “put on the new.” The words should make us intentional and violent against those sins in us that hinder our relationship with the Lord and weaken our witness and service.
The Lord wants your life in Christ to be a witness to the power of God to those around you and to those you serve. Your example will inspire them to know the same relationship and power.
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