It is hard to find a passage in Paul's epistles that gives us Christians
more encouragement than today's reading from Romans 8:1-11: "The
law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the
law of sin and death."
Recall that before Paul's conversion he was a conscientious Jew,
yes even a Pharisee. As such he was committed to seek holiness by
observance of the
But how things changed after his conversion to Jesus. As a disciple of Christ he is now invited to live by a new law: the law of the Spirit of Jesus received at Baptism. Paul is exultant because this law of the Spirit of God written on his heart frees him from the weight of his sinful self. The presence of the Holy Spirit actually gives the power to live this new life in Christ.
And what good news for all Christians. We have also received this power of the Spirit of Christ. Because of this presence, grace in us is stronger than sin in us! Our challenge, like Paul's, is learning to recognize -- to discern -- the promptings of the Holy Spirit rising up within us and to respond always. Upon this all our peace and happiness and fruitfulness in serving the Lord depends.
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