Monday, April 21, 2008

Notes on Romans--Part Forty Two

Here is my translation of Romans 12:

And so my family, I beg of you to give everything you have and are to God because of all He has done for you. Let everything you are be a living and holy sacrifice to God--the kind He will find acceptable. This is really the way we Worship Him!

Don't act like those around you but let God change you into something new by changing the very way you think then you will come to know what God wants you to do and His plan is good and satisfying and perfect.

Because of the divine favor God has granted to me, I pass on to each of you this warning--Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your assessment of yourselves, measuring who you are by the faith God has given us. You know that just as our own bodies each have many parts and each one has a specific function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all different but all one within our King and we belong to one another.

Thanks to the unmerited gifts God has given us, we all have different talents for doing different things as well. So, if God has given you the ability to speak on behalf of God then do so with as much trust in Him as He has given you. If your gift is helping others, help them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others than do so. If it is giving then give generously. If God has given you leadership abilities then take that gift seriously and if you have a gift for showing kindness to others then do it happily.

Don't just pretend to love others, really love them! Hate what is wrong and cling to what is right. Love each other with the love a good family would give to one another and be quick to brag on another. Never be lazy but work hard and serve your King zealously. Draw your happiness and peace from the hope we trust in. Be patient when faced with difficulty and pray hard. When God's people are in need then be ready to help them. Always be eager to welcome others into your home.

Pray for those who wrong you. Don't wish them ill. Pray that God will be good to them. Party with those who are happy and cry with those who down. Live in peace with each other. Don't be a snob or condescending.

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see that you are worthy of admiration. Do all that you can to get along with everyone.

My friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the justified anger of God. For those Bible says:

"I will take revenge;

I will pay them back, says God.:


"If your enemies are hungry, feed them.

If they are thirsty then give them something to drink.

In doing this you will shame them for what they have done."

In other words, don't let evil beat you but defeat evil by doing good.