19 November 2018 – Romans 7:1-3 (NIV)

19 November 2018 – Romans 7:1-3 (NIV)

Scripture

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? 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. 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.

Reflection

We often fear death. There’s a lot to be afraid of for sure. It’s easy to see death as a final moment, as the end. But what if death wasn’t the end and instead just part of the journey (a very important part for sure)? Paul uses this example of marriage and our release from this commitment upon death to help us reframe “death”. He is preparing us for the next important step in our journey; living a resurrected life through Jesus. There will be a literal death and resurrection but I believe there are figurative deaths that can happen in our lives as well. Let go of those things that you know God is telling you to let die, because resurrection can only follow death, it does not precede it (Josh).

Thoughts for the day

  • Is there anything you feel God is asking you to let go of and or to die to so that you can live a more fuller life?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How will you apply what God is telling you in your life today?
  • Is there someone you feel you need to tell this message to?

Prayer

Pray for those who are spiritually lost that they may surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ and receive salvation in His name.

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.