For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
The master called Sin is a hard master. He keeps us chained with heavy chains, bound in a dark place. And doing his work produces all manner of evil. If we tried to run, he would catch us and drag us back again. We are trapped under his power. He controls our every move. It seems there is no way out of this prison. We are left to toil under a heavy burden as the guilt grows along with the hopelessness. All we have are our companions of anger and wrath, deception and bitterness.
But when Jesus comes along, He sets us free from our old master of Sin and takes us to the wonderful realm of Grace. Here we are no longer compelled to do Sin’s evil bidding, but we are free to choose not to sin. We are released from its power over us and no longer dwell in it. It’s not so that we can choose to sin without consequences, but so that we can become servants of righteousness instead.
Our freedom in Christ is not so that we can do whatever we want without fearing His judgment. It is not so that we can embrace the sin that He suffered so much to release us from. It is not an excuse to sin just knowing that we can ask forgiveness and receive it. But the knowledge that we are no longer controlled by sin should make it easier for us to surrender to the one who set us free. His grace should draw us to Him with an overwhelming desire to forsake all sin for His sake and commit our lives wholly to Him.
We can probably all think back to our lives before knowing Jesus as Savior and find sins that dominated our lives. Maybe it was greed and a pursuit of material possessions. Maybe it was pride and conceit that drove us. Maybe an addiction held us captive. Maybe a sinful habit dictated our choices. Whatever it was, we are no longer under its power. Even if we still struggle with those sins in some way, God’s grace is enough to help us overcome whatever temptation may come to fall back into our old ways. Let’s forsake our old master of Sin and rely upon the matchless grace of Jesus.