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Some of God’s Instructions from Romans!

Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

It might seem easy to rejoice with those who rejoice – except during those times when you become jealous of someone else’s success or happiness.  It might seem harder to mourn with those who mourn.  This passage comes in the midst of one of my favorite passages.

Romans 12:9-21 – 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 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. 20 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.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Can you see why I love this passage?  I mean – there is so much here for us – so many challenges and encouragements.  It starts with: Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Man – if we could just do that!

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Now that is not easy – to do good to those who have done us wrong – to love those who hate us!  Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. I mean – what a challenge!  And then: 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. How many times do we want to take revenge on those who hurt us!?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 14, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , | Leave a comment

   

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