My husband and I ate at the most interesting restaurant while vacationing. At the beginning of dinner, the restaurant was completely black and white. As each course was served, the restaurant transformed. Color was introduced slowly and by the end of dinner, the room was beautiful. The cold black and white morphed into a beautiful palate of rainbow colors. The contrast from start to finish was quite dramatic.
Today’s Romans reading is about contrast too. Take a moment to read Romans 6:1-14.
Here’s some questions for you to consider:
- What is Paul pointing out in Romans 6:1-2?
- Read Romans 6:6. Now read this out loud: We are no longer slaves to sin. How does this make you feel?
- Read Romans 6:7. Do you live like you’re set free from the power of sin or do you live like you’re controlled by sin?
- How can Romans 6:7 change your thinking about the power of sin in your life?
- Why did Christ die? Check out Romans 6:10 for the answer.
- Read Romans 6:12-14. What are these verses telling you?
- Romans 6:14 says: Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
- Describe what it looks like/feels like to live under the requirements of the law.
- Describe what living under God’s grace looks/feels like.
- What are the benefits of living under God’s grace instead of the law?
- Where are you living – under the requirements of the law or under the freedom of God’s grace? If you need to move under the freedom of God’s grace, what steps can you take to make this happen?
Remember Galatians 5:1: So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. We get to choose which yoke we wear… the yoke of sin or the yoke of Jesus. Need a refresher on the benefits of choosing the yoke of Jesus? Matthew 11:28-30 AMP beautifully contrasts the harshness of sin’s yoke with the easiness of Jesus’ yoke.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([d]relief and ease and refreshment and [e]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [f]good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
And let Galatians 5:13 encourage you: For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. How can you serve someone in love today?
Hang onto the promises of God’s word and don’t let Satan’s lies and attacks shake you. We Won’t Be Shaken by Building 429 encourages us to trust in God… all the time. Choose to trust. Your Father God loves you so much!