Friday 17th November 2017 - Bible verse:
Romans 12 Something We Need To Learn by Karen Cowling

Everything that Paul urges the Corinthians to get a grasp of when it comes to their faith and their actions, Paul also writes to the Romans. It may have taken two whole letters and a few visits for the Corinthians to grasp it, and here we find it contained in one chapter. This isnít because the Romans were better than the Corinthians, they just had a different aspect of God that they struggled to get.

Paul writes that in view of Godís mercy we are to live our lives in sacrifice to God, and so do everything for and because of God. In doing so, we will learn and know the pleasing and perfect will of God.

We do this because we are one body and so are connected and yet have different gifts and roles to play in the kingdom of God. These gifts are given to us from God through the Holy Spirit. In Romans 12 Paul urges us to use these gifts rightly and in accordance with the Spirit.

The driving force behind what we do is love, a love that comes from God and that must be sincere. We are to hate what is evil and cling to what is good. We need to be devoted to each other; as Paul told the Corinthians about equality and not holding it over one another. Laugh with each other and cry with each other. Truly support one another in every way possible. Do not be conceited or proud.

This love is to extend to those who are not saved too. We are not to seek revenge but bless those who curse us. Just like Paul does at the end of his letter to the Corinthians.

So whatever you do today, no matter how big, small, mundane or extraordinary do it all for the glory of God and in view of the grace and mercy he has so freely given to us.

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