For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.
The book of Romans is the roadmap for God’s plan of salvation. It details the work of Christ and what a person must do to accept God’s gift of salvation.
While the Christian life is all about bearing good fruit, the life we had before also bore fruit. The problem is that the sinful life bears the fruit of death.
As sinners we are controlled by our sinful nature. The law points out what is right and wrong and our sinful desires wants to do what is wrong. These “sinful passions” as they are called in our verse bring us nothing but trouble. When we gave into them before our salvation, they bore the fruit of death.
Fortunately we do not need to be ruled by our sinful nature and we don’t have to bear the fruit of death. The Christian life is guided by the Holy Spirit. The next several devotions look at the fruit that the Holy Spirit bears. It is the fruit that replaces the fruit of death.