Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Love must be sincere

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do 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. On 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." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I am continously overwhelmed by this passage from Romans 12. I wonder what God could do with my life if I was obedient to these words written by Paul? I feel so convicted because I know that my life does not reflect this passage and then I wonder why I feel distant from God and people do not see Christ in me. My challenge, though, is to not wallow in self-pity but attempt to get my life to reflect these verses.


Brandy said...

Oh I love Romans 12! I am constantly spouting Romans 12:3