This morning, I was reading Romans 12 and decided to look it up in my Bible program. Paul presents his readers with a heavy section of exhortation in verses 9-21. The New King James Version gives this section a title…
Behave Like a Christian
The Lord dropped one of His ideas into my head. I could almost hear it go kathunk! It had to be Him because I had such a nasty headache that my eyes were crossing. Here’s the idea: divide up the verses and do a series of posts on them. And have others guest post.
Cool for me. I don’t have to write them all. But God always has a reason. I think I know what it is but I’ll wait and see how it turns out before I give my thoughts on it.
So, over the next several weeks, you are going to be royally treated to some great guest writers.
Here’s the portion of Romans…
“Let love be without hypocrisy.
Abhor what is evil.
Cling to what is good.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another,
not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope,
patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer;
distributing to the needs of the saints,
given to hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be of the same mind toward one another.
Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.
Do not be wise in your own opinion.
Repay no one evil for evil.
Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.
Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Paul gives us some great exhortations in these verses, things we need to practice. I hope you enjoy the weeks ahead.