Sunday Morning Podcast November 20, 2016. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ROMANS 12:9-21
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Paul is exhorting on how to live when you are saved. Being saved will bring a change in behavior, pointing to the source of joy you didn’t previously have. You shouldn’t then fall back on past unsaved ways of the flesh, for God gives us the “tools” to live this new way, to have mercy, and grace. Our speech will now be clean, in the midst of a world that has grown increasingly more profane. When God saves us, He changes our thinking, for He has “bathed” us from the results of corruption! Our joy is now is from a different source, no longer found in self and sin. But God’s given tools won’t help unless we keep our joy founded in Him. If we don’t prefer others, we will lose our joy and grace, leading us then to bitterness. Life will no longer seem fair, causing you to no longer enjoy being a Christian.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; How do you measure up? Do we prefer our family in Christ? There needs to be proof of godliness in our life. How many of the above verses are expressing your behavior? Do we prefer other’s needs above our own? Do we overcome the evil that comes against us? Are we sweet to our enemies? Don’t give people reasons to have something against you. Am I interested defending their interests above my own? Are you only interested in your own reasons, or instead why the sinner or other feels the way they do? Salvation is more than just a “Sunday religion” but one that truly takes care not to hurt others. The impact of God’s righteousness upon us will impact the modesty of our dress, speech and behavior. It will keep us pure in the midst of worldliness and corruption. It will put others before our self.
Do you let God’s righteousness impact your life?