Sometimes making a decision is difficult, especially when it comes to my hair! So, after two haircuts, it’s now short again. Now, I am no longer weighed down!
On another note, I am also no longer weighed down by sin. Paul states in Romans 8 :1 -2 (NLT):
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
So, what’s the “so” all about? Paul describes in Romans 7:21-25 (NLT) the battle we face with sin-the wanting to follow Christ versus the sin nature within us that continually falls short by pleasing self:
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart.23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
Thus, I am so thankful that Christ has freed me from this battle. I continually have to remind myself that I am free, as it’s easy to stay in the ditches of self-condemnation and pride; however, with Christ I am free forever to walk the good and straight path and remain in daily fellowship with Him because my sins are forgiven as I confess them to Him. Only in Christ is this path to becoming more like Him possible!