Romans 6: 21-23
So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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I am intrigued by the question "What would you say to your 20-year-old self?" Would it sound like advice that no one ever regards? These words from Romans seem like good advice: if you are feeling ashamed, what good came of what you did? Don't sin! Be a slave to God! Wait, what? The first part of the advice made sense. Nothing I feel ashamed about was a worthwhile venture. But the freedom that allows me to spend my life doing dumb things is something I cherish. Why would I want to be enslaved to God? I am also intrigued by folks who say that an eternal life of goodness sounds boring as a justification to keep on sinning. The free gift of God in Christ Jesus is being able to say to your 20-year-old self - "God knows everything about you and loves you nonetheless. "
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Holy God, there is absolutely nothing boring about you! Amen.