In this week’s passage, Paul compares our relationship with God to a husband and wife. In an ideal marriage, we do things to take care of our spouse - to help them and show them they are loved. We don’t do these things out of obligation or guilt (at least we shouldn’t) but instead, we do them because we love our spouse. In your relationship with God, what love-inspired actions are you taking? Do you do things for Him out of obligation or guilt?
For the married crowd: how’s your marriage? Do you take action to show your spouse that you love them? Have you become complacent? Do you take your spouse for granted? When others see your marriage, do they get a glimpse of heaven or hell?
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. - Romans 7:4-5
What fruit are you bearing? Do you see evidence of God working in your life? Be honest, but humble bragging is discouraged.
Do you struggle to express joy and happiness with regards to your relationship with God? When we worship corporately, do you feel awkward and unable to join? If so, could it be that you’ve traded the freedom of a relationship with God for living under a law that you created yourself?