Scripture: Romans 12:9-21
Key verse: (18) “If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceable with all.”
Reflection: One of the things I appreciate about the Apostle Paul is his lists. He has a way of outlining the goals of the Christian life in proverb-like statements. Today’s passage is one long list of actions we can take in our everyday lives that will show who we are and what we believe as followers of Jesus. These actions are the by-product of a life transformed by God. It can be difficult for us to be diligent about loving, hoping, persevering and contributing to the well-being of others when we live in a culture of disagreement and retribution. There are many wonderful things in the world around us, but we can easily get caught up in our anger and frustration which leads to many of our troubles. What might happen if we sought to live out what we believe? Read through this list again and choose one or two things to focus on today.
Let love be genuine
Hold fast to what is good
Love one another
Serve the Lord
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer
Contribute to the needs of the saints
Extend hospitality to strangers
Bless those who persecute you – do not curse them
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep
Live in harmony with one another
Do not claim to be wiser than you are
Do not repay anyone evil for evil – be noble
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
May God continue to transform our lives so that more and more people looking at us might see something of Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Loving God, we are grateful for your holy word that encourages and inspires us to trust in you and live out your grace in our daily lives. Help us to set aside our differences. Remind us that we belong to you. Send us out into the world with the message of your transforming love found in our words and actions. Be with us this day and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].