Who can live and never see death? Who can escape the power of Sheol? Psalm 89:48

The wages of sin are death, but the free will of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Paul wrote Romans. It was the beginning of the Christian church and he wanted to encourage the small church of believers. On several occasions, he was prevented from traveling there. As a result of his inability to greet the church personally, he chose to write them a letter containing the truths of the Gospel of grace, which would serve them until his personal visit could be made. Until he could see them in person, to deliver his message.

Paul talks about several things before he gets to grace. Which, without mentioning it in the verse, is what he is talking about.

So, in simple terms, if we screw up, which we are inclined to do, we go to hell. Separated from God forever. Bummer. But it doesn’t have to be like that.

We have free will. We have choice. One of God’s many gifts to us. All we have to do is ask. Ask for forgiveness. Say we are sorry. And, miracles of miracles God grants it. Because of grace.

Grace is God’s gift to us. The forgiveness of sins, just for the asking. A gift.

God, sometimes I’m haunted by fear of punishment for what I’ve done or not done. But into this dark place you send Jesus, who welcomes me into forever life with him. All life becomes an abundant gift. Thank you for banishing the power of death. Let me spread the good news. Amen.

Peace, Susan Hanson