Despite the fact that slavery continues to exist, it should be obvious that no one has the right to own another person. This was the reason for the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt: God rescued them from slavery. What is not so obvious, however, is the way we can fall into a kind of slavery to sin. It happens whenever we are trapped in sinful habits that we cannot get out of.
The good news is that just as He rescued the Israelites from physical slavery, God wants to rescue us from spiritual slavery.
The idea of being someone’s slave is naturally abhorrent to us. We should have the same attitude to slavery to sin. As St. Paul has said, we were created to be free, and Jesus came for just this purpose: to “set us free” (Galatians 5:1).
Do you want to experience freedom from a sinful habit that has some control over your life? Here are two suggestions.
First, confess your sins daily in prayer. Tell Jesus how hard it is to overcome this sin. Believe in the promise of Scripture: “If we acknowledge our sins,” God will “cleanse us from every wrongdoing” (1 John 1:9).
Second, pray for the strength to resist. Trust that God sees your efforts and blesses them with his own power to help us say no to temptation.
We may never stop sinning. But the process of sanctification, which comes as we pray, confess our sins, and seek God’s strength, can help reduce our sins. It makes sin lose its power over us and makes us stronger in our efforts to resist.