Saturday, March 17, 2007

Jeremiah 13:1-11; Psalms 87, 90; Romans 6:12-23; John 8:47-59

In reviewing the readings for today, I found one that spoke especially clearly to me. In Romans 6, verse 15, it says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” I believe the underlying message of this passage is this: just because there is no law against something bad, it doesn’t mean we should do it.

In my life I see this every day in the form of temptation. Many times in life we are presented with an opportunity to do something bad in order to “fit in.” I think the message being conveyed in the readings today tells us otherwise. When we are presented with a situation in which a decision must be made to sin or to stay true to what we believe, we must stay true.

Later in this passage it says that when you succumb to sin you become slaves of it, and you are no longer in control of your ways, but rather sin takes over. Why would anyone ever want to be a victim of slavery? I can’t see any reason why, especially in this case where the way out is as simply as steering away from the downward slope of sin.

The way that we can find righteousness is through God. Through God we can avoid sin and be led away from temptation into eternal life. I believe the best way this can be stated is in the words of the Bible, Romans 6, verse 23, which says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus our Lord.”

Chris Palmer

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