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October 24th, 2013
Darby Smith

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The part of today’s reading, from Roman’s 6:19-23, that stands out to me the most is:

“For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity
and to lawlessness for lawlessness,
so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.”

This reading seems a little intense, but when broken down, is so applicable to everyday life. This passage is really just telling us that we should align our ways more with righteousness than impurity. The word used above, “sanctification”, is defined as making something holy. In application to our lives though, I see it as meaning that we orient our actions more towards God than away from Him.

This may be an instruction that seems much more easily said than done. All it takes is a few seconds of thought before we say or do anything. If something we are about to say may hurt someone else, then maybe we should rethink that comment. Each one of us can live out this reading every single day, it just takes being a little more conscious about what we are doing, instead of blindly going through the actions.

Often times, the biggest problem with straying away from actions that bring us closer to God is the need to go with the flow. Society values conformity over individuality, and if everyone else is straying away, it can be so tempting to follow. The overall message that I got from this passage is to think about your actions and don’t be a mere follower of the majority.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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