Sin

Am I a Slave

I spent some time yesterday reflecting on slavery. Not the sort that comes with literal chains and menial service to one’s owner or master. I was thinking about spiritual slavery. The Scriptures are clear that apart from faith in Christ, we are all in a state of slavery. Jesus says, “Everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin,” (John 8:34). But in Christ we have been set free from bondage and have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13). I know that is true.

Rejoicing in Failed Resolutions

I have to confess that I’m not all that great at keeping New Year’s resolutions. Whether its an overly ambitious Bible-reading plan or ridiculous fitness goals, most of time I fall pretty far short of my own expectations. Fortunately, expectations can be adjusted, or even discarded. There’s no immediate consequence that faces me when I fall short of personal resolutions (except maybe disappointment with myself).

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