Beyond the Gospels: Romans 8:1-11

To read the scripture for today’s devotional, click here: Romans 8:1-11
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”
There is a funny video on YouTube of a home in which an outer, glass storm door has been broken out but the steel frame is still in place. The family that lives there includes a cute dog. The humor comes from the fact that the dog, so used to having the glass in the door, refuses to just step through the door frame to go out. Instead, it patiently waits for the door frame to be opened before going outside.  (See it here: https://youtu.be/Ls0WFCQXdlw)
Sometimes we as Christians do something similar spiritually. Paul tells us that “the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” has set us free from the law of sin and of death, and yet we, like the dog, live like the glass door of sin and death is still in place and keeping us from where God wants us to go.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our savior we become a new creation. We no longer have to live in fear of disease and death. We no longer have to do things we know are wrong and, when confronted with it, say things like “The devil made me do it.” We are God’s children. We are Christ-like.
Prayer: God, help us to remember that we are, indeed, free from the law of sin and death. We have overcome those things by faith in Jesus Christ. We have become new creations. The old is past, the new has come. Breathe into us new life daily. Amen.

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