Prayer: O God, let your Word rule our lives, in Christ. Amen.
Under the umbrella of grace
15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace?
Our devotion writer keeps an umbrella near the front door because it is often raining where he lives. The umbrella gives immediate shelter from the rain on the way to and from the mailbox. I do the same thing and I am sure many people do as well.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a spiritual umbrella for those times where we show impatience, unhappiness, or a bit of a darker side of ourselves? For those times when we lose our temper over an unkind word or action. Or even when we are faced with unhappy times and troubles?
Ahhh! But we do have! God has given us an umbrella of grace. It protects me against my own stumbles and the rainstorms I cause, or that burst upon me. Our devotion writer declares; “It’s the perfect umbrella to choose when leaving home. Under its protection, I’m reminded that I’m not alone when storms break. I walk within the circle of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Bad weather will come. Daily irritations and setbacks will pummel me. Do not live under the dark cloud of accusation, however, but under God’s grace and forgiveness.”
Prayer: Gracious God, unfold your grace above me on my journey today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
12 Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Slaves of Righteousness
15 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18 and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.