Romans: Live for All to See

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June 1: Live for All to See

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Romans 13:13-14 reads, Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

There’s a strong biblical principle that says, “We are to live in the world, but not of the world.” In this world, we may hear about or be invited to participate in wild parties, drunkenness, or sexual promiscuity. We may also participate in negative behaviors that aren’t as visible, such as quarreling, jealousy, envy, greed, and more.

But like Christ, Paul appeals that we live decent lives for all to see. In John 13:35 Jesus says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” In other words, living good lives for all to see isn’t about adhering to a list of right’s and wrong’s, do’s and don’ts. It’s simply about loving others in the same way Christ loved us. 

time, money, and personal involvement. No individual has the capacity to express love to a whole community, but the body of Christ in your town does. Look for people who need your love, and look for ways you and your fellow believers can love your community for Christ.”

READING & JOURNALING:

     ROMANS 13

Take some time to write out your own definition of the word love. What does it mean to truly love others?  

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I know there are times when I may say or think that my actions towards others are loving. But when I take opportunities to fully reflect on these actions I recognize that my desire isn’t always to truly love them. Instead, I discover some self-centered tendencies within my actions; “loving” others in order to get something in return. As Your Word says, Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Psalm 139:23-24)

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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.

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