Today I will make the decision, in the deepest center of my will, to die to sin and live to follow wholeheartedly after Jesus. Not merely to refrain, suppress or curb sin but to remove it entirely. Not to carry on with my “illicit, on-again-off-again love affair with some of my more respectable sins” (Chambers).
Don’t invite that insufferable tyrant of sin back into your mortal body so you won’t become obedient to its destructive desires. Don’t offer your bodily members to sin’s service as tools of wickedness; instead, offer your body to God as those who are alive from the dead, and devote the parts of your body to God as tools for justice and goodness in this world. For sin is no longer a tyrant over you; indeed you are under grace and not the law.
(Now sin and death no longer define us, but grace does: God’s favor has been given freely to us through His Son, Jesus, who liberates us from sin’s power.)
Today I will approach God’s altar with the request, which has already been granted at my baptism, to have the Holy Spirit search my heart to show me the ways my sin wars against God.