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The actions and attitudes of a Christ-follower!

Scripture reading for June 8th:  Proverbs 8-10, Psalm 144, Romans 12

Key Scriptures:  Romans 12:14-20 “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.””

Paul explained to the new Roman believers what following Christ looked like in everyday attitudes and actions.  Christ’s attitudes and actions were very different from the culture they lived in.  They were to live in humble harmony with all other believers, whether in joy or sorrow.  They were to seek to bless and be a blessing with those persecuting them or active enemies.  They were never to consider revenge or paying back evil for evil, because God’s Word plainly stated that revenge was God’s alone to give.   Good would always triumph over evil as love never fails!

Psalm 144:15  “Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!  Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, You have blessed me with Your Holy Spirit, infilling my body I have dedicated to You.  Help me to grow in grace and obedience in my attitudes and actions towards others.

Proverbs 8:34  “Blessed is the one who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting beside My doors.”

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Overcoming evil!

Scripture reading for June 28th:  Romans 12, Psalm 129, Proverbs 5

Key Scriptures:  Romans 12:17-21 “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.”

Paul was instructing the Romans in proper behavior for believers in Jesus.  They were to offer their bodies as and living sacrifice and renew their minds.  One area needing attention was revenge.  Christ-followers must never take revenge into their own hands.  They must instead do good to those who mistreat them in hope that they might see Jesus and be saved.  God alone can repay but He would rather show mercy to a repentant sinner.

Faith Confession:  Lord, to You alone belongs all judgment and repayment for wrongs.  Lead me daily to do good to those who mistreat me because of You.

Proverbs 5:21 “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord; and He ponders all his paths.”  

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