I found today's reading inspiring and extremely encouraging. In verse 14, Paul states, "For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace." I think Paul is saying if believers were still under the law, then sin would have to be the master and believers its slave. Why is this? Because the law causes us to be aware of sin, but has no power to enable one to resist sin. The law does an excellent job of pointing out failure, but it does not empower change.
On the other hand, only grace can overcome sin. Once one identifies with Christ, it is the constant flow of grace into our lives that teaches us to say no to sin. When we live under grace, God is our master and we desire to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives.
Paul concludes today's reading by stating, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (verse 23) This pretty much sums it all up! The payment for sin is eternal separation from God (i.e., death). However, God has given us a gift (grace). This gift, if we choose to accept it, will allow us to have eternal life with God.
The gift of grace is truly priceless. Friends, please remember the Jesus physically died, and we will physically die. Jesus was resurrected and we will be resurrected. Jesus lives forever in the presence of God and we will live forever in the presence of God. Accept the gift of grace. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Let Jesus be your master.
Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ.