15 What should we say then? Should we sin because we are not ruled by law but by God’s grace? Not at all! 16 Don’t you know that when you give yourselves to obey someone you become that person’s slave? You can be slaves of sin. Then you will die. Or you can be slaves who obey God. Then you will live a godly life. 17 You used to be slaves of sin. But thank God that with your whole heart you obeyed the teachings you were given! 18 You have been set free from sin. You have become slaves to right living. 19 Because you are human, you find this hard to understand. So I have said it in a way that will help you understand it. You used to give the parts of your body to be slaves to unclean living. You were becoming more and more evil. Now give your bodies to be slaves to right living. Then you will become holy. 20 Once you were slaves of sin. At that time right living did not control you. 21 What benefit did you gain from doing the things you are now ashamed of? Those things lead to death! 22 You have been set free from sin. God has made you his slaves. The benefit you gain leads to holy living. And the end result is eternal life. 23 When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done.
What is true freedom? A lot has been written about Freedom – people have lived & died for it – we all have our own definition of what freedom is & what it looks like to us – Paul sets it out here.
There’s a choice in the way we live – ignore God live our own way, choose sin – leading to things we are ashamed of & ultimately death OR choose God – His ways, leading to holiness & eternal life – & get a “whole, healed, put together life right now” (Msg).
When it’s that simple I know my choice is a no-brainer … V23 (Msg) Work hard for sin your whole life & your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.
Thank you Father, I choose your gift.
Written by Suzie Hodgson