Romans 12: How To Live?
Verse of the Day: (V1) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
1. Holy (V1-3)
V1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
God through Apostle Paul pleaded with the Corinthian Christians to give their lives to God in holiness and humility as there was intense infighting among the Corinthian Christians. The Corinthian church was divided into at least 3 groups – the so-called successful or strong Christians, the average ones and the weak ones. They failed to realise that it was only by God’s mercies, grace and love that they had the faith, the talents, and the great privilege to have the eternal home in glorious heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ.
V3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
2. Honour (V4-16)
V10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”
God desires the Christians to live with the highest honour that reflect His attributes of holiness, humility, honesty, etc. Indeed, the Christian ought to be the most honourable and hardworking in their life and conduct at their workplace, school, church and home.
V11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”
3. Honest (V17-21)
V17 “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
The world says, Honesty is the best policy, but God says, Honesty is the only policy. The world says, Evil for evil, an eye for an eye, but God says, Overcome evil with good. The world says, Fight against those who harm you, but God says, Live peaceably with all men. It is only when we submit and surrender our lives to God that we can truly lead a life of holiness, honour and honesty in a world of dissatisfaction, dishonour and dishonesty.
V18 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to live in holiness, in honour and in all honesty.