Day 5 Read: Romans 7:6
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
Reflect: What transfer of ownership has taken place in the life of the believer? What has that set the believer free from and free to do?
Consider: Verse 6 completes the comparison. By dying to that which was once in control, the believer is now released from the law and freed to serve in a new way. Formerly we were in bondage to written regulations. Law was our old master. But now we are set free to serve our new master in a new way, in the Spirit. The shift from law to Spirit is a shift from legalism to true spirituality. How unfortunate that so many believers continue to understand their Christian experience within an ethical framework determined by law. To serve in the Spirit is to live the resurrected life, to claim our rightful place in Christ. Dead to sin and freed to live for righteousness, we now live lives that bear fruit for God.5
Respond: Is there an area of your life where you are still living in captivity to the law? If so, make that a focal point of prayer and ask God to help you let go of that stronghold.
5 Ibid., 162–163.