Monday, March 18, 2019

Renewing Your Mind

Let love be genuine. 
Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
 Love one another with brotherly affection. 
Outdo one another in showing honor.
 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 
Live in harmony with one another. 
Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. 
Never be wise in your own sight. 
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written,    "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The above passage is from Romans 12, written in approximately 55-58 A.D. by the apostle Paul to the Christians in Rome. Often when Mr. S. is asked to speak impromptu and informally, he will read this passage.  It tells how to get along in the family,  in church, and in the world.  


Hestia said...

This is one of my favorite passages. Romans is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I'm going through a "Passage a day" Bible (Though I fell behind, of course...because I'm me) which gives you a passage of the Old, New, A Pslam, and a proverb.

I really love Romans, but Corinthians is a close one. Once I'm done with that Bible, I'm planning on going through each book individually in my church Bible to truly study them. I got to admit, I find Job hard to study in the way it is formanted in the book.

Lydia said...

Faithful Rose: that sounds like a good reading program and schedule!.

This is similar to our ladies Bible class. We don't use books by other authors, only the Bible. We have used study guides and workbooks before, but those things get lost, people don't have time to fill them out, and they cost money. With the Bible, we always have our textbook, our workbook, our study guide and we can pick up where we left off. The discussions are always very rich.

Hestia said...

I can understand that. Sometimes the best approach is old fashion. One thing I do like about other books is understanding the history of the church and deeper knowledge into faith. Like I love CS Lewis, and I love "Case For Christ" I have other theology books as well. One book I have is about the world in the time Jesus was on Earth. I can't remember the title (It is upstairs and I'm too lazy to look at the moment) but it is about the economy, politics, and religious culture of the time he was on Earth.

I also have a book called "The Improvable Planet" By Hugh Ross. Hugh Russ is a scientist who argues for the existence of God. Mind you it might not appeal to some because he does accept evolution, so if that bothers some, it might not be the best. Personally, it doesn't bother me.

Hartslove said...

About half of these lines from Romans 12 have been whirring in my mind these past few days, when I really needed the wisdom, but I did not recollect that they are all from Romans 12, even though it is a favorite go-to chapter. Thanks for posting it here. Alexine