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Romans 6:15-23, Slaves of Righteousness

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life.
— Romans 6:22

NL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, May 28, 2019

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff

As a person in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol, I can state without hesitation that I know exactly what a bondage to sin feels like. Some people do not have this gift. Many others believe that addiction is only a choice that you make. I know differently—that the impossible position a person is thrust into, living day-in and day-out, the hell they never thought they would experience.

The gift of recovery was given to me through a ton of hard work, and people who responded to my addiction as a health crisis, rather than a moral failure. Suddenly, I understood with perfect clarity how I had been freed from my bondage.

I firmly believe that people who have experienced such freedom have an opportunity to share their understanding with others. In my own life, that means that I speak publicly about addiction and about the hope of recovery.

In my spiritual life, I know that it was God who ultimately saved me and delivered me to mercy.

Being a new “slave to righteousness” isn’t a new bondage, either. It’s instead a daily gift to remind myself of where I came from and where I’m going to, for today.

God, thank you for giving me a new identity in your love. Release me from the bonds of sin. Grant me new life, daily. Amen.