Read: Romans 6:14-23
The H1N1 pandemic focussed the world’s attention on viruses. Viruses are living organisms that need a host to survive and wreak their havoc. In some cases, a virus can be present for many years before the host is even aware of it. During that time, the virus can inflict widespread and untold damage. If you take the virus away from the host, it remains dormant or dies.
Similarly, sin needs a host to stay alive. By themselves, sins such as pride, anger, greed, and selfishness are mere words. But when sin overpowers a human host, it works to destroy it for as long as the host is alive.
We can thank God for Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. Christians have been “set free from sin” (Rom. 6:18). Even though we still sin, the Holy Spirit who lives in us helps us to resist that “sin virus,” the lust of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). The apostle John tells us: “Whoever has been born of God does not [continue to] sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God” (1 John 3:9). Now we walk in dependence upon the Spirit, and one day we will stand “faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
Isn’t that a great comfort for you as you step out today into a world infected by the “virus” of sin? For the disease of sin, Christ alone is the cure.