January 21 – Romans 6:19-23

In January and February, we are doing an 8-week study in Romans, with daily readings, journaling using the SOAP method (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab), an example SOAP note, and the opportunity to share or ask questions in our Comments section on the bottom of each daily post.

The book of Romans was written by Paul, likely between AD 55 and 59. Though he hadn’t visited the Roman church, God gave him insight that this church would be key to the spreading of Christianity. So, Paul spelled out the basic foundations of Christianity in this book, for his Roman audience as well as for us today to learn and remember why we believe what we believe.

Reading: Romans 6:19-23

19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

SOAP Note

Small Sustainable Changes | Shiree King

Scripture

Romans 6:19b

Observation

There are consequences for our decisions. The more we make good choices and choose God’s way over our own way or our feelings, the easier it will be to continue to make good choices and the better results we’ll see.  Good, godly choices lead to good habits, which lead to freedom. Poor, selfish choices lead to bad habits, which lead to bondage.

Application

Does anyone else feel this intense pressure in the new year to fix all of your bad habits immediately and undergo a total life transformation?  It’s called New Year’s Resolutions! The problem is that we don’t have the proper foundation to sustain all of these changes, so we quit and continue on with the bad habits that leave us unfulfilled, dissatisfied, and discontent.  What if, instead, we decided to make small sustainable changes, which slowly lead to the formation of good habits, which leads to holiness and righteousness?

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for the work You’re doing in my life and for continuing to pursue me.  I need Your strength and courage to follow-through with the ideas You’ve put on my heart.  Please open my mind and my heart more and more to the changes You desire to make in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.