Should We Continue In Sin, That Grace May Abound?

This meditation is based on a passage for April 1, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Romans 6:1-11

Reflection and Question: Paul confronts a crucial weakness in his emphasis on faith in Jesus Christ. If we die to sin when we are baptized into Christ then that must mean we will sin no more since we are clothed in Christ. But that is simply not our experience. If, like Christ, we were to die and then enter into the resurrection, there would be no time for sin. But the fact is that there are normally years and years for us to fall into sin. Paul’s solution is to encourage us to live as if we are dead to sin and alive to God, day by day. Freed from sin by Christ, what do you do now when you sin?

Prayer: Eternal Christ, we have no desire to sin that Your grace may abound. We yearn to dwell in the life promised by Your resurrection. We thank you that we are united in Your death which is the entrance into life. Enliven us, then, every day. Amen.