Scripture: Romans 12

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Living Sacrifices

Romans 12:1-8 (WEB) Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. For I say through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith. For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another, having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us: if prophecy, let’s prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; or service, let’s give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching; or he who exhorts, to his exhorting; he who gives, let him do it with generosity; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul urge his brethren to do and why (Romans 12:1)? Paul urged his brethren to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God. Paul believed this was their spiritual service.

2. To what were Paul’s brethren not to conform? And by what were they to be transformed? For what reason were they to do so (Romans 12:2)? Paul’s brethren were to not conform to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of their mind so they could prove what was the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

3. How were they not to think?  And how were they to think? (Romans 12:3)? They were not to think of themselves more highly than they ought. They were to think reasonably, in accordance with the measure of faith God had given them.

4. What does Paul say about the body of believers (Romans 12:4-5)? Just as each of us have one body with many members which have different functions, so in Christ we who are many form one body and each member belongs to all the others.

5. What is different about each of us (Romans 12:6-8)? We have different gifts according to the grace given to us. Some of the gifts are prophesying, serving, teaching, exhorting, contributing to the needs of others, leadership, and showing mercy.

Love

Romans 12:9-21 (WEB) Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good. 10 In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate to one another; in honor preferring one another; 11 not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don’t curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. 19 Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Questions and Answers:

1. What is love to be without (Romans 12:9a)? Love must be without hypocrisy (that is love is to be sincere).

2. How can we show love (Romans 12:9b-21)? We need to abhor (hate) what is evil.  We need to cling to what is good. We need to be tenderly affectionate (devoted) to one another.  We need to prefer (honor) others above ourselves. We are not to lag in diligence. We are not to be lazy in what we do.  We are to be fervent (exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling) in spirit, serving the Lord. We are to rejoice in hope, endure in troubles and continue steadfastly in prayer.  We need to contribute to the needs of the saints.  We need to extend hospitality. We need to bless those who persecute us.  We need to rejoice with those who are rejoicing and weep with those who are weeping. We need to be of the same mind one toward another. We’re not to be uppity, but associate with the humble.  We need to not be conceited.  We are not to pay back evil with evil.  We are to be honest with all people.  We are to live peaceably with all men, as much as it is possible. We are to not seek revenge but to allow God to respond.  We are to feed and give drink to our enemy. We are to overcome evil with good.

HEAR the WORD

Romans 12:20 (NIV) 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.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse. My Bible notes: By referring to this proverb (see Proverbs 25:21-22) Paul was saying that we should treat our enemies with kindness so that they will become ashamed and turn from their sins.  The best way to get rid of enemies is to turn them into friends.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Romans 12:18 (NIV) If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

I desire to love and live as Romans 12:9-21 says.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

I desire to encourage others to love and live as Romans 12:9-21 says.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to You for this is our spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1).  I pray we will not conform to the world’s pattern but will be transformed by the renewing of our mind for then we will be able to test and approve what Your will is – Your good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2).   Lord, I pray we will live humbly before You and mankind (Romans 12:3).  Thank You Lord for giving us different gifts with which we can serve You and mankind (Romans 12:6-8). Lord, I pray our love toward You and others will be sincere.  I pray we will cling to what is good (Romans 12:9).  Lord, I pray we will be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  I pray we will honor others above ourselves (Romans 12:10).  Lord, I pray we will never be lacking in zeal but instead will keep our spiritual fervor, serving You (Romans 12:11). Lord, I pray we will rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation and continue to faithfully speak to You (Romans 12:12).  Lord, I pray we will share with Your people who are in need.  I pray we will practice hospitality (Romans 12:13).  Lord, I pray we will bless those who persecute us (Romans 12:14).  I pray we will rejoice with those who are rejoicing and weep with those who are weeping (Romans 12:15). Lord, I pray we will live in harmony with one another. I pray we will not to be uppity, but will treat everyone with even handedness.  I pray we will not be conceited (Romans 12:16).  Lord, I pray we will not pay back evil with evil.  I pray we will be honest with all people (Romans 12:17).  I pray we will live peaceably with all men, as much as it is possible (Romans 12:18). I pray we will not seek revenge but will allow You to respond (Romans 12:19).  I pray we will feed and give drink to our enemy (Romans 12:20). I pray we will overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I express sincere love toward everyone we meet.” <>< Dona