Reading: Romans 6: 12-14
Verse 14: For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Paul opens by encouraging us not to let sin rule in our mortal bodies. It is not that Paul thought we would or should never sin once we accept Jesus, but that we should not live in sin. For Paul, sin should not be our way of life. Pursuing God’s righteousness should be our way of life.
Of course, our way of life is a choice. Once sin gains a foothold it can be hard to root out. Temptation is a reality. Each day we wrestle with what we should do versus what the body desires. Once that temptation takes root it begins to grow and eventually can lead to sin. This is living a life of sin for Paul. When we allow sin to take hold, it begins to rule how we make our decisions. It becomes our way of life.
God, of course, hopes for us to make the decision to do right and He sent us the Holy Spirit to help us make that good choice. But God knew we would struggle with sin, so He sent us Jesus. In and through the blood of Jesus we can become pure and righteous again and again. It is not a pass to sin over and over again or a type of “get out of jail free” card. The unending grace and mercy and forgiveness is God saying ‘I love you’ over and over again. It is God saying I love you no matter what. The mercy, grace, and forgiveness we receive from God lets us know how much God loves us. It is forever and always.
This day may we choose God as our way of life. This day may we pursue righteousness. And this day, may we go forward knowing we are dearly loved.