Scripture-- Romans 10-Romans 12
Observation: Truer words were never spoken: 12:9-
9Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. 10Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. 11Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. 12Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. 13Take care of God's needy people and welcome strangers into your home.
14Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them.15When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. 16Be friendly with everyone. Don't be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. 17Don't mistreat someone who has mistreated you. But try to earn the respect of others,18and do your best to live at peace with everyone. 19Dear friends, don't try to get even. Let God take revenge.In the Scriptures the Lord says,"I am the one to take revenge and pay them back." 20The Scriptures also say, "If your enemies are hungry, give them something to eat. And if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. This will be the same as piling burning coals on their heads." 21Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.
Application: What a way to live life. No revenge. Staying away from evil, clinging to good. Never giving up. Letting the spirit do it. Always praying and being patient. Welcoming strangers. Taking care of the needy. This passage is how I try to live my life. I go back to it again and again to examine my life and see where I can be more Christ like. So, today, where can you let Christ's love compel you. What can you work on. Where can you let God's love shine through you? Which part of this stands out--and how will you let it change you?
Prayer--God, help me be the person you're calling me to be. Help me be the new creation you need in this broken world. Help me be a blessing to others. Amen
July 21-- Romans 13- Romans 15
July 22-- Romans 16
July 23-- 1 Corinthians 1- 1 Corinthians 3
July 24-- 1 Corinthians 4 -1 Corinthians 6
July 25-- 1 Corinthians 7-1 Corinthians 9
July 26-- 1 Corinthians 10-1 Corinthians 12