by: Wesley Thomas
Verse of the Day, March 19, 2020
Romans 6:22 CSB "But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification-and the outcome is eternal life!"
In Romans 6:22, the word “But” contrasts the life we lived before we repented, believed in Jesus, we're forgiven, and received help from the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:20-21). We were once controlled by sin. Our consciences told us we were doing wrong, but we still chose to disobey God’s plan for our life. The fruit or benefit of our choice resulted in shame and guilt. We all have done things we are ashamed of doing. When we were sinning, obviously we thought we would benefit in some good way (we thought we would have fun, gain money or power, feed our starving ego, or satisfy fleshly lust, thirst, hunger, anger, revenge, envy, covetousness, etc.). Paul asks us to think about what benefit (good) resulted in disobeying God. Choosing to do the things (sin) of which God disapproves only makes us ashamed (6:21).
The word “now” reminds us of what we have, because of our faith and a new relationship with Christ Jesus (Romans 6:22). Since we are freed from the power of sin and enslaved to God. We HAVE (derive) our fruit (benefit), which results in holiness (God’s approval), instead of shame. The goal of living a holy life on earth is that we will stand unashamed before God, living forever, with Jesus, holy and happy.
Lord Jesus, Thank you for choices. Thank you for dying and rising to forgive me and give me free Choices today. I know a slave cannot serve two masters. I was a slave of sin. Working for sin's benefit, I only gained shame. Now, that I am enslaved to God, help me choose to choose rightly every day, so I only produce the fruit of the Spirit. Tonight, when I lay down, let me examine my work and see I HAVE chosen Love above hate, joy over vengeance, peace instead of anger, patience rather than impulse, kindness above meanness, goodness before wickedness, faithfulness over unfaithfulness, gentleness instead of hostility, self-control over indiscipline. These all benefit from me being known by you and your Spirit ruling over all aspects of my life. Lord Jesus, please help me make you proud that you saved me. In your precious and powerful name, I trust you to answer this prayer, Amen.