Some of my posts are based on messages I offer at the Circle of Hope, Broad & Dauphin PMs, you can hear the original message here. Subscribe to the podcast here. Lent changes how we approach sin—especially the “sin” of fear. Let’s talk about sin for a little. The big question is: what is the cost of sin? Romans 6 is great summary of Paul’s teaching. We won’t read the whole thing, but you might want to read it this week. You can flip to it in your Bible, or on your smart phone if you choose. Paul is making the argument that the grace of Jesus overcomes our sin and redeems us to our true nature—children of God and heirs to his promises. Jesus died for us, and with him our old selves died. Now we are new creations. We are offering all of ourselves to God in new way. Paul says we are no longer an “instrument of wickedness” but “righteousness.” That doesn’t give us an excuse to sin, but rather it sets us free from the shackles of sin and onto something newer and better. We are slaves to Jesus now, not our bodies, not sin. The summarizing verse is at the end of the passage.