01 May Romans 6:23a, 5:12
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—
Humans were created with free will and the freedom to choose between two masters: sin or God. We are not, however, free from the consequences, or wages, of our choice – “the wages of sin is death!” This death is both physical and spiritual, a separation from our bodies in physical death, and if we choose to remain in sin, a spiritual separation from God for eternity. This is why it is important to not minimize sin and shy away from teaching our children/family about the seriousness of sin. In order to understand and truly appreciate the Good News, we must first grasp the bad news. But we need not despair. God has a plan. (Spoiler alert: it’s Jesus!)