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More thoughts from Romans 12

I told you a few posts ago about a note on Romans 12:1-2 found in my Disciples Study Bible. I’ve really been pouring over all of Romans 12 for several days of the past several weeks. The section mostly getting my attention has been verses 9 – 21…which we’ll get to in a moment.

But before I do, why is verse 2 so hard? “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Stop trying to figure it out on your own, based on your own circumstances and feelings. Look to God and let him transform you mind. How do we do that? The only way we’ll ever change is to allow Scripture to mold us from the inside out. Which means…you guessed it, a ton more time reading scripture. We complain all the time about not knowing God’s will…or wanting desperately to know His will…this Scripture reminds us that we find His will by being transformed into His likeness…spending time in the Scriptures. Why is that so hard? Why do we complain about it so much?

But, like I said, I really wanted to display for you what verses 9 -21 say.

9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
   “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
      if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
   In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

This is how Paul says we should live. I’m trying. How are you doing?


One Response

  1. You’re right about spending more time in study. And the more I study, I realize how little I know. But yet, how amazing God and His Word truly are!

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