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O Lord Jesus, who came down from heaven to redeem us from all iniquity,
we beg you to write your word in our hearts
that we may know you,
and the power of your resurrection,
and express it in turning from our sins.
Rule in our hearts by faith,
that being dead to sin and living to righteousness,
we may bear the fruit if holiness
and grow in grace and in personal knowledge of you.
Henry Hammond, 1605 – 1660, English churchman
The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers, slightly modified
For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.