So it should be with us.  Verse 8 says “if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him” Verse 3 “or don’t you know that all who were baptized into Christ were baptized into His death” and Verse 5 “If we have been united with Him in death, we will certainly be also united with Him in His resurrection.”   When we give our lives to Christ we are meant to die to sin, and that means all of our sin in all areas of our lives.  We cannot mostly die, trying to cling to certain treasured vices- there is only dead or not dead.  If not truly dead to the old life of sin then you can’t be fully raised into the new life.  Christ was able to die once to break the power of sin, but that does not mean that sin will not continue to plague us and that we will not struggle against it in some way always.  Humans are imperfect and weak and we will slip sometimes.  The difference should be in how we live.  Are we living for the glory of God?  Are we recognizing our sin and turning from it or denying and embracing it?  Let us make a point to ask God daily to search our hearts, make it a point to recognize our sin as just that and have a plan to turn from it so that we can really die to it and really experience the new life Christ planned for us.

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