20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in relation to righteousness. 21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. 22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:20-23
Of The Flesh
This set of verses in Romans shows us the distinct differences between a believer and a nonbeliever. The nonbeliever is a slave to their sin behavior and will continue to be a slave without the power of Christ in their life. They may not have the responsibility of being set apart as a light for Jesus but their life is fruitless. This lifestyle ends in eternal death no matter how much they strive or try to be “good”.
A believer, on the other hand, is no longer a slave to their sin. This doesn’t mean that a believer won’t ever sin again but it means that they have the power of the Holy Spirit within them to help overcome the sin behavior in their life. It’s this lifetime of overcoming sin that is part of the sanctification process that sets us apart from the world. We are no longer slaves to sin but instead our master is Jesus. He is a master of grace, love, and mercy which is a whole lot better than being a slave to the darkness that comes with a life of sin.
How freeing is that?! No matter what sin behavior you might be struggling with it doesn’t have to be a permanent part of your life. Put your faith and trust in Christ, set aside the life of sin, and look forward to an eternal life in heaven with our King!