Reflection on Rom 6:19Post date: 2018-12-29
Reflection on Rom 6:19
"I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness."
This verse expresses again what this chapter has already said before, namely that we should not present our members as slaves of uncleanness, or of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness. On the contrary, we should now put our members fully at the disposal, i.e. present them as slaves, of righteousness for holiness. The Apostle indicates here that sin particularly exploits uncleanness and lawlessness. Therefore we have to stand firmly on the side of righteousness. There are as it were two banners here – the banner of slavery to evil against the banner of true freedom. In this battle, we have to learn the art of fighting. Above all, we should avoid the near occasion of sin, which is a sign of true humility and wisdom. If it is not possible, and we have done the best in our power, God will show us a way out.
Concerning the expression ‘avoid the near occasion’, it means to avoid the places, people, bad friends and all other circumstances that can lead you to sin. For example, an alcoholic who has been delivered from alcoholism or a drug addict delivered from drug addiction cannot play with sin. They must be firm. They must nip temptation in the bud, for even to think about sin means to lose to a certain extent. That is why Jesus says concerning chastity: “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off... if your eye... pluck it out.” So we must live the radicality of the Gospel. In other situations where there is no danger of sin we can be natural and calm.
We always have to bear in mind one principle: Sin makes the individual, the family and the entire nations unhappy. We cannot resist by our own strength in the fight against sin. We therefore need to have a personal relationship to our Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ. He said: “I am with you all the days of your life.” That is also why we receive His Body and Blood, and He assures us: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” In Him we should seek our strength, and this is true humility. And humility is truth, and truth prevails. Jesus is the Truth.
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