Tag: Romans 16:17-20

Avoid the divisive person

Scripture reading for March 2nd: Romans 16

Key Scriptures: Romans 16:17-20 “I appeal to you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught: avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

Paul’s final appeal to the Roman believers was a warning to watch out for people in Christ’s body who were divisive and created controversy and obstacles that would trip up others in the church. Paul warned the brothers to avoid such people. They were not serving the Lord Jesus, but using smooth talk and flattery to deceive those who were yet untaught or trained in sound doctrine. Paul desired these brothers to be wise and discerning for what was good, but to stay completely separated from those who were causing these divisions. Maintaining peace instead of constant arguing or disputing was preferred. God would take care of Satan soon as they walked with Jesus through this situation. He would be crushed under their feet!

Matthew 7:15-16 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothes but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”

Faith Confession and prayer: Dear Lord, give me discernment, strength and wisdom for what is good and keep me innocent from evil. Help me to avoid disruptive people and controversy. I believe that You will soon crush Satan under my feet as by grace I walk with You.

Romans 16:25, 27 “Now to Him Who is able to strengthen you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, . . . to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.”

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Keep away from divisive people!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  Romans 16

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 16:17-20  “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.  Keep away from them.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.  By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.  Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.  The God of peace will son crush Satan under your feet.  The Grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”  

Paul had closed this letter with numerous personal references to people in the church community.  The church is built on quality relationships through personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  However, there are those that are in the church or come into it that are there to cause division.  Paul warned the church and us today to watch out for them.  They will be recognized by actions and teaching contrary to the Word of God and they do not serve the Lord Jesus but their own appetites!  These people use smooth talk and flattery to draw people away, thus causing division.  Believers are to have nothing to do with them, being wise to what is good!  God is a God of peace, crushing Satan under the feet of His victorious Church!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers will be wise as serpents but harmless as doves concerning divisive people who live contrary to sound doctrine.  God’s grace brings victory!  “The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.”  (Proverbs 16:17)

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