S- For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 CSB
O – Commentary: The wages (the Gr. word opsōnia originally meant a soldier’s pay) of sin is death (eternal death here, in contrast with “eternal life” in v. 23b). This death is eternal separation from God in hell, in which unbelievers suffer conscious torment forever (Luke 16:24–25). This is the wages they have earned and deserve because of their sin (cf. Rom. 5:12; 7:13). By contrast, the gift (charisma, “grace-gift”) of God is eternal life. Eternal life is a gift that cannot be earned (cf. Eph. 2:8–9; Titus 3:5).
“Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures,
A – This principle is foundational to Christian belief. Wages are earned – we earn our death when we choose sin and continue to separate us from God. A gift is given and received – we choose to receive the gift given by Christ on the cross. In receiving this gift, Jesus is esteemed our Savior and Lord. We receive the promises of today but the greatest gift is eternal life with Him.
R – Lord, thank you for the gift of salvation and redemption. Help me to walk in a way that illustrates my love for you and my fight against sin in my life.