Romans 6:12-23, John 8:47-59
“I have bad news and good news, which do you want to hear first?” How many times have we had that said to us? Every time I read Romans 3:23 that is what I think of. Paul has just admonished his readers in Romans 6 not to let sin take control of their bodies. He writes that even though we are no longer under the law, but under grace that is no excuse to let sin run rampant through our lives. He warns us that we are slaves to whomever we obey – whether sin that leads to death, or righteousness that leads to life. Then comes the bad news, “the wages of sin is death,” followed by the good news, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
We received the free gift of God’s grace in our baptism; we claimed it for our own when we were confirmed. God’s word calls us to receive that gift anew each day as we repent of our sin and ask God’s forgiveness. Jesus tells us in John 8:47: “Whoever is of God hears the words of God.” Being of God takes the bad new away because of his grace through Christ Jesus.
Prayer: Father God, lead me to repent of my sin, that I may receive your forgiveness and rejoice in the good news of your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes, Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.