Romans 12

Author

Joel King

Scripture

Romans 12:1-21

Observations

· Based on what Paul just argued about God’s mercy, he encourages the church to offer their very selves to God, set apart for his purpose, for this would be the appropriate way to worship God
· He encourages them to not follow the worlds direction and value
· But to renew their thinking by the power of the Holy Spirit
· When they do this they will experience that God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect for them
· Paul encourages them not to think to highly of themselves, but to humbly assess where they are by how much faith God has given them
· You uses the physical body as an example in that we have one body but it has many parts
· Likewise, the church has many people who play different roles but there is only one church which we all belong to and have an obligation to
· Each of us have a responsibility in the body and that responsibility was given us by the grace of God
· Whether the gift is prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, or mercy; we are to use our gift as well and as often as we can
· Love should be authentic and not fake
· We should run from evil and run to good
· We should be devoted and honor our brothers and sisters in the church
· We need to be passionate about our faith and not let it die
· We should be joyful while we wait on God, Patient when we go through trials, and consistently and faithfully pray
· We are to be generous with Christians in need and host one another
· Even if someone is mean to us we are to be a blessing to them
· We should support one another in joy and sorrow
· We are to live in harmony, and not divide up based on social class and wealth
· When dealing with the outside world we are not to retaliate for the bad done to us, but make sure we do what is right in the eyes of the world
· Our goal is to live at peace with all people as much as it depends on us and our attitude
· It is God’s role to avenge if necessary or role is to be his representative of love and forgiveness to all
· As Proverbs 21:22-23 say we are to be a blessing to our enemy
· In Short, we are not to give in to evil, but overcome all the evil around us with good old fashioned love

Application

· If I truly understood the breadth and depth of God’s love and mercy, I would overwhelmingly feel compelled to live my life according to His wonderful purposes for my life
· I have an obligation to the church to use my gifts to the best of my ability without pride or false humility
· I need to strive to support, love, care for, and help my brothers and sisters in Christ
· My goal in dealing with others is to represent Christ well even if it means laying down my rights or it costs me greatly

Prayer

Father,
Thank you for your love and mercy. I ask that you continue to draw me closer to you that I might more and more experience the abundant life you have planned for me. I want to live a life of worship to you. Show me how to use all the faith you have given me, and use all the grace you have extended me to serve my brothers and sisters in Christ. Continue to open my eyes to opportunities to love and care for your people. May my life reflect that grace and love to my neighbors. Help me put your ways and will above my own. In Jesus Name I Pray. AMEN.


3 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
How I hunger for that overwhelmingly compelled feeling more and more, to be knit to Christ so closely that my obedience is in lock step with his plan and purpose like you said Joel, to be passionate about our faith and not let it die. My faith never dies, but it certainly waines on occasion. I've come to realize in a greater degree that those waining moments' return on investment, are minimal at best - basically, that what is not done for God's kingdom purpose really doesn't last and is simply busy work or flat out disobedience.
Father, even in what appears fruitless or mundane, change my thinking to conform to yours so that you may capture my thinking and that I may have eyes to see, ears to hear, and the mind of Christ.

Fri, May 29, 2015 @ 7:49 AM

2. Michelle Wilson wrote:
I've been reading in different versions of the Bible. Yesterday as I read Romans 12 in the Amplified version, I was struck by the words "mutually dependent on one another". We live in a world that is full of people who are independent or co-dependent but God is calling use to be United....mutually dependent on one another. Wow....how hard that is. And yet it can happen when we become dependent on God by Trusting Him. LORD God, may we be so in love with You that we are not adapted to this worlds superficial & unhealthy customs but instead transformed by Your new ideas & attitude. May we be United with You and one another with sincerity and mutual dependence.

Sat, May 30, 2015 @ 10:23 AM

3. Rob Schulze wrote:
Joel, Jim & Michelle-- I appreciate your reflections... "Father, may we truly be compelled by your grace and mercy to be mutually dependent on one another in loving one another and our enemies and the world around us with good old fashion love. In our culture of rights and entitlement, may your Church always be willing to follow in your steps Lord Jesus by sacrificially demonstrating your love to sinners around us. In Jesus name, Amen"

Mon, June 1, 2015 @ 5:35 AM

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