Do Not Practice Sin

Romans 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

It seems that it is difficult to avoid contention in the world today; even within the sanctity of our homes, strife is easy to enter into. Conflicts, disasters, cultural differences, financial hardships, fear, stress, etc. are constant pressures that, unless we work diligently to counter them, can have negative effects on our attitudes.

During a recent morning devotion time, I sensed in my spirit the words, “Don’t practice a sin.” I must honestly confess that the sins in my life at that time were contentious feelings and words that contributed to an atmosphere of strife in my home. The Holy Spirit seemed to warn me that practicing a sinful behavior built up its “muscles”, making it more and more difficult to resist. Romans 6:6 assures believers that the old man (the pre-salvation nature that serves sin through unrighteous acts and behaviors) is no longer in control—we are freed from slavishly serving it through the work of Jesus on the cross. Furthermore, as Romans 6:13 indicates, we are well able to stop practicing any besetting sin by consistently and prayerfully choosing— through the power of the Holy Spirit—to submit to God’s will and instructions.