Monday, November 23, 2009

Sin is Serious (Part 1)

How seriously should we take sin in our lives? Jesus is clear, "If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell" (Matthew 5:29-30). Jesus is clearly not speaking about the actual act of gouging an eye out or cutting an arm off but rather wants to give us a graphic picture of how we ought to deal with sin. Paul helps us in Romans 8 when he says, "For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (13).

Living according to the flesh (sinful nature) equals death but by the Spirit Christians are able to kill sin and live!! Tomorrow I will share nine practical ways from John Owen on how to mortify sin in your life.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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