Romans 6:19-23

I am speaking in human terms because of the infirmity of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of your body to serve impurity and iniquity, for the sake of iniquity, so also have you now yielded the parts of your body to serve justice, for the sake of sanctification.

For though you were once the servants of sin, you have become the children of justice.

But what fruit did you hold at that time, in those things about which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

Yet truly, having been freed now from sin, and having been made servants of God, you hold your fruit in sanctification, and truly its 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.

Luke 12:49-53

I have come to cast a fire upon the earth. And what should I desire, except that it may be kindled?

And I have a baptism, with which I am to be baptized. And how I am constrained, even until it may be accomplished!

Do you think that I have come to give peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division.

For from this time on, there will be five in one house: divided as three against two, and as two against three.

A father will be divided against a son, and a son against his father; a mother against a daughter and a daughter against a mother; a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

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