This is how Christians are to live; with a renewed and transformed spirit.
The church is not a building but a body of believers called the Body of Christ, so what does God ask of His church? On the one hand, it’s a great place to learn how to serve each other. It’s hard to do at home. If Romans 13 is the model for how Christians should relate to the world, then Romans 12 is how Christians should relate to one another in the Body of Christ, the church.
A living sacrifice: Romans 12: 1-2
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercy of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Then you can test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
In other words, our life must be a living and continuous sacrifice like those of the ancient sacrifices given to God in the Old Testament, except that they must live their lives for the glory of God and learn to die to themselves. . Our lives can be a sacrifice to God. We can offer our time, energy, love, money, and prayers to God. The word for “transformed” in verse 2 is the same word that is used for the “transfigured” in the transfiguration which is recorded in Mark 9: 2-9.
Who is Paul talking about in verses 1 and 2?
In what ways can this be experienced?
In what specific areas have you sacrificed something for God?
What are the opportunities to experience this?
Find your function: Romans 12: 3-8
“For by the grace which has been given to me I say to each one of you: Esteem yourself not more than you should, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith which God has. distributed to each of you. For as each of us has a body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, are one body, and each member belongs to all the others. . We have different gifts, depending on the grace given to each of us. If your gift is to prophesy, then prophesy according to your faith; if it serves, then serve; if it is to teach, then teach; if it is to encourage, then encourage; if it is to give, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it with joy.
Paul says that we must esteem others better than ourselves and if we do, we will serve in the Body and for the Body. We do this by serving others through the gifts God has given to each believer. There is not a believer who does not have at least a gift of the Holy Ghost or who does not have a function in the church.
Who was Paul’s audience?
Are they also written for us, or at least for us (2 Tim 3, 16)?
What gift have you identified in your life?
Submit to one another: Romans 12: 9-16
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is wrong; hold on to what is good. Be devoted to each other in love. Honor one another above your own. Never lack zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, in the service of the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; cry with those who cry. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be proud, but be prepared to associate with people in low position. Don’t be pretentious.
Love is expressed in service. He is patient, patient, does not accuse, does not honor others, does not boast, is not vindictive, is harmonious, and let God be God and allow him to be judge. God is no respect for people and so we shouldn’t be either. God rejoices with us in our triumphs, suffers with us our losses, weeps with us in our mourning and celebrates our victories with us.
Where does vanity appear?
In what ways can these commandments be lived?
What is your natural response to the persecution of unbelievers?
How does pride interfere with our fellowship?
God will judge: Romans 12: 17-21
“Do not pay back evil for evil to anyone. Be careful to do what is right in everyone’s eyes. If it is possible, as long as it is up to you, live in peace with everyone. Do not avenge yourselves, my dear friends, but give way to the wrath of God, for it is written: “It is for me to avenge myself; I will repay, ”says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. By doing this, you will heap hot coals on his head. Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. “
When we repay others for persecuting or hurting us, we sometimes take God’s place as judge, jury, and executioner, but only the sovereign judge of the universe has the right and authority to be judge over it. ‘humanity. When we take matters into our own hands, we are nothing less than a one-man self-defense team, and nothing good ever comes from human anger (James 1:20). In fact, God loved us, called us, and saved us even when we were still his enemies (Rom 5:10), so when someone harms us, we must love him, pray for him and for him. forgive because that is exactly what the grace of God is all about. We don’t give them what they deserve… we give them what they need, and it is our undeserved and undeserved love because it is what we have received from God.
Does it help to know that you are blessed when you are persecuted (Matthew 5: 10-12)?
What is your response to those who hate you because of your belief?
What happens when we try to respond to our persecutors in the same way?
Jesus said that it will be through our love for one another, and the same kind of love that Christ had for the disciples (and for us), that “all men” will know that we are his disciples (John 13: 34-35), so how does this love work to prove that we are his disciples (Rom 5: 6-10)? By loving one another inside and outside the church, loving those who hate us and sacrificing our lives to God to serve others, and even praying for those who hate us and by forgiving those who do not deserve it. These things make us more like God than at any time in our lives. By this love that we have for one another, and for those who decidedly do not love us, they will know that we are children of God. And it’s a powerful magnet to draw others to Christ.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also a senior writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.