Read Through Romans – Day 12

freedome to slavery

After studying Romans 6, it was time to get ready for the day.  I turned on Pandora radio and was intrigued by the first song because I never heard before.  And when I read the title, I knew the song was perfect for today’s Romans reading.  It actually made me smile… God knew just the song we needed to hear!  It’s called Freedom into Slavery by Anthem Lights.

Now, take a moment to watch the story behind the song.

Guess what our Romans reading is about today?  You got it… the struggle between choosing the yoke of sin or the yoke of Jesus.  God allows us to choose and we can so easily turn our freedom into slavery.  Go ahead and read Romans 6:15-23.

Here’s some questions for you to consider:

  • Read Romans 6:1-2 and Romans 6:15-16.  What do these verses tell us?
  • Romans 6:16 says:  Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
    • What two options do we have according to this verse?
    • What is the outcome of being a slave to sin?
    • What is the outcome of obeying God?
    • Did you notice the six letter word that starts with the letter “c”?  We choose.  What are you choosing to obey?
    • Describe what choosing to obey God means.
  • In John 14:15, Jesus says “If you love me, obey my commandments.”  What does obedience to God demonstrate?
  • Read Matthew 22:35-40.  What are the greatest commandments according to Jesus?
  • Read Romans 6:17-18.  How would you define righteous living?  Check out these verses for some insight:  Colossians 3:12-17, James 4:6-7, and Ephesians 4:1-3.
  • What happens when we become slaves to righteous living (Romans 6:19)?
  • Read Romans 6:20-23.  We can be a slave to sin or to God.
  • What changes do you need to make to move towards righteous living (Romans 6:18)?

We all choose to turn our freedom into slavery from time to time.  I’m so incredibly thankful for the characteristics of God that we defined above.  And I’m also thankful for Hebrews 4:15-16 NLT.  (Note that the High Priest refers to Jesus.):

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Take a moment right now to come boldly before the throne of your gracious God.  Thank Him for being a loving Master.  Repent of your sins.  Ask Him to help you overcome the strongholds/sins that are enslaving you.  Choose to put on the yoke of Jesus and receive His rest.

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