However great your sin the grace of God is greater. However deep your sin the grace of God is deeper. “But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20). Praise God for His abounding grace revealed in the good news of Jesus Christ.

But if grace is greater than our sin should we not “continue in sin that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1). No way! That is unthinkable! In Romans 6 Paul explains that the grace which justifies is the grace which sanctifies. We have now “died to sin” and are to live in “newness of life.” An empty profession leaves people where they are: grace produces a radical transformation.

But while we have “died to sin”, sin has not died to us. Sin is not eradicated in our life, and we still feel the pressures and temptations of sin. What are we to do to the sin in our lives? We are to kill it!

It is amazing how quickly weeds grow in my yard. When I see a weed I quickly try to pull it out. Occasionally the weed comes out very easily, but often all I achieve is to remove the part above the ground. But the root remains! These roots go deep and are very resistant to being pulled out. I realize that if I am going to be effective in getting rid of the weeds in my yard, it is going to take some time. I will have to dig deep and root them out.

Isn’t that like sin in our lives? For appearance purposes we often may just deal with the surface of our sins. But killing sin in our lives and rooting it out takes time, it takes prayer, it takes the power of the grace of God.

What sins in your life do you need to root out? Act decisively. Confess the sin. Root it out. “Put to death, therefore what is earthly in you” (Colossians 3:5). Praise God that “sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

John Munro

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