[Linux4christians] Monday - Romans 12
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Sun Nov 27 20:24:06 EST 2011
Consecration of the Believer's Life
12:1 Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of
God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice -- alive, holy, and pleasing
to God -- which is your reasonable service.
12:2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the
will of God -- what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
Conduct in Humility
12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you not to think
more highly of yourself than you ought to think, but to think with sober
discernment, as God has distributed to each of you a measure of faith.
12:4 For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the
members serve the same function, 12:5 so we who are many are one body in
Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another.
12:6 And we have different gifts according to the grace given to us. If
the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his
faith. 12:7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must
teach; 12:8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing,
he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with
diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.
Conduct in Love
12:9 Love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil, cling to what
12:10 Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in
honoring one another.
12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.
12:12 Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer.
12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints, pursue hospitality.
12:14 Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.
12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty but associate
with the lowly. Do not be conceited.
12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before
12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all
12:19 Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God's
wrath, for it is written, "/*Vengeance is mine*//, //*I will repay*/,"
says the Lord. 12:20 Rather, /*if your enemy is hungry*//, //*feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing this you will be
heaping burning coals on his head*/.
12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Lord, You teach us to not attempt to overcome evil with more evil
(because we will then be overcome by evil and the enemy will have a
double-victory) but rather to overcome evil with good. May I be faithful
in that, even though it is contrary to my flesh, and very difficult to
do - with Your indwelling Holy Spirit I am able -- in Your
Summary & Commentary
It "... is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present
world." Be humble, honor one another through mutual love. "Rejoice in
hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer ... Do not be overcome by
evil, but overcome evil with good."
Paul implored "... present your bodies as a sacrifice ... be transformed
by the renewing of your mind" so that in knowing and applying the will
[known via the Word] of God one may mature as a Christian.
Paul linked back to his discussion of "judging" to make the point that
humility prevents the sin to "... think more highly of yourself than you
ought to think". He then goes on to note that the exercise of "gifts"
are to be in proportion to "humility", not to show off and not
ritualistically. He specifically lists prophesy, service, teaching,
exhortation, contributing, leadership, and mercy.
Paul qualifies each to show the linkage between humility (as modeled by
Jesus and Paul) and the exercise of gifts:
GIFT DESCRIPTION HUMILITY-QUALIFIER
Prophesy (mostly re-telling, rarely fore-telling) In
proportion to faith (not faked)
Service (assisting others in need) Serve (remember foot-washing)
Teaching (the Word of God w/o changes) Teach (tell HIS-story, not yours)
Exhortation (plead for salvation and righteousness) Exhort (not
Contributing (give from God's bounty) Sincerely (not Ananias & Sapphira)
Leadership (intentionally show the way) Diligence (integrity & persistence)
Mercy (comfort, encourage, & forgive) Cheerfully (not reluctantly)
Paul checked-off a list of what true Biblical love "looks like":
* Without hypocrisy
* Abhorring what is evil
* Clinging to what is good
* Devoted to one another with mutual love
* Eagerly honoring one another
* Zealous & enthusiastic in spirit serving the Lord
* Rejoicing in hope
* Enduring in suffering
* Persisting in prayer
* Contributing to the needs of the saints
* Pursuing hospitality
* Blessing those who persecute you (not cursing them)
* Rejoicing with those who rejoice
* Weeping with those who weep
* Living on harmony with one another
* Playing no favorites for the rich over poor, pretty over ugly, easy
* Never conceited
* Never repaying evil with evil
* Look for the good rather than the bad as people are watching
* When you control relational circumstances choose to live peaceably
* Never seek revenge, "'Vengeance is mine" says the Lord'"
* Feed a hungry enemy & give a thirsty enemy drink, heap the burning
coals of warmth
on his head [and conviction that you are a child of the one true Lord].
Whenever we think of ourselves more-highly than we should we are then
prone to "judge" others, but when we are humble we may be discerning
about others without judging them.
How do the items on the chart and the checklist from Paul and reflect
upon your life and how do they apply to your walk?
It is the righteousness of the Lord God that His Holy Spirit pours-out
through us which accomplishes the things Paul listed.
When have you experienced or observed a struggle with humility which
then was reflected in the right application of and attitude toward gifts?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit reveal to your at least one item on Paul's list
where you need to partner with Him in order to grow.
Today I will ask a fellow believer to pray in agreement with me for
perseverance in that effort.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Tuesday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
Personal Site: http://bibleseven.com
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Teacher's Verse: John 7:16
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