Date: March 28, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study and savor
S - Summarize and Share
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Bible Scripture Verse – Romans 6:14
"For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace."
Listen for God’s Voice
Heavenly Father, Thank you for your grace that sets me free from the power of sin. Help me to remember that I am no longer under the law, but under your grace. May I live my life in obedience to you and allow your love and grace to guide me in all that I do. Help me to resist the temptation of sin and to follow your path of righteousness. Thank you for the freedom and new life that you have given me through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Explore History – Who wrote it, when and to what audience? Key people in the story?
Romans 6:14 was written by the Apostle Paul to the Romans in 57 AD when he was in Corinth. It was addressed to both the Jewish and Gentile Christians in Rome. In the letter, Paul explains that through faith in Jesus, people can be free from the power of sin. This means that they can live a better life and follow God's ways. He wants to remind people that they don't have to be controlled by bad things they do, and that God's love and power can help them to make good choices. Romans 6:14 is a part of this letter where Paul emphasizes that God's grace, which means God's undeserved love and forgiveness, can set us free from the bad things we do.
Study and Savor – Key Words
"sin shall no longer be your master" - Paul is saying that sin, which refers to our tendency to do wrong things and disobey God, does not have power over us anymore.
"you are not under the law" - Paul is saying that believers are no longer bound by the Jewish law and its requirements, which were unable to save people from sin.
"but under grace" - Paul is saying that believers are now under the grace of God, which means that God has forgiven them and given them the power to live a new life in Christ.
Summarize and Share
Romans 6:14 tells us that when we believe in Jesus Christ, we don't have to let sin control us anymore. Instead, we can live under God's grace and mercy. This verse reminds us that we are free from the power of sin, and that God's love can transform our lives.
For instance, let's say someone struggles with lying. They find themselves constantly telling untruths and feel like they can't stop. This verse tells us that they can have hope in the fact that through faith in Jesus, they can break free from the hold that lying has on them. Every time they are tempting to expand on the truth, or tell a little white lie, they could take a deep breath, think about this verse, and think about the consequences that their actions could cause by that lie. God's grace can give them the power to overcome their tendency to lie and start living a new life in Christ.
We should remember that no matter what the sin, sin doesn't have to control us anymore when we believe in Jesus. We should try to live in a way that pleases God, avoiding the temptation to sin and following God's ways instead. We should also show kindness and forgiveness to others, just like God has shown to us. Let's hold onto the hope of this verse and trust in God's love to transform our lives.
Bible Cross Reference
Galatians 5:1 - "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
Colossians 2:13-14 - "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross."
John 8:36 - "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."