In January and February, we are doing an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.
The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.
Reading: Romans 7:1-8
Released From the Law, Bound to Christ
Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
The Law and Sin
7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.
Obedience | Marianne Toovey
Because of our rebellious nature, having God’s law only entices us to go against it. Knowing I can’t do this or that makes me want to do it all the more. But because Jesus’ death and resurrection frees me from that law, I am inspired to obey.
Be inspired to obey. God has a plan and a purpose for my life, and I know He’ll be faithful to fulfill it regardless of what I do. I’m not powerful enough to ruin His plans. But I can make His work harder, which makes things a lot harder for me too. I don’t want to do that! I want to be obedient so He can get me through as easily as possible!
Dear Lord, inspire me to obey. I trust Your will and Your plan for my life, help me to actually go along with it. Give me strength and peace. I can’t do this, but You can. Thank You for taking this burden and handling it for me. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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