Read Romans 5.12-19

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned–sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law.  Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.

But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many.  And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.  If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.  For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

 Prayerful Reflection:

You, O God, are the Giver of life.  Search my heart.

[Pause to consider the ways in which God has given freely to you.]

As I have been gifted by you, help me to grow in gratitude.

[How has your life expressed gratitude for God’s gracious gifts?]

Teach me the value of turning away from selfish pursuits,

and of sharing your gifts with others.

[Consider ways in which you can enjoy the freedom from sin

which faith brings to all believers,

and cultivate an awareness of others

and their hungers for freedom, so that you can share with them

the good news of God’s gracious gifts in Jesus Christ.]

Receive this day which I offer to you in Christ Jesus.  Amen.