August 18, 2021

I believe God wants to speak to you through the scriptures this morning. As we mentioned in Monday’s reflection, Romans 12 is chock full of truths in single phrase or single sentence bites. As we read today’s passage, pause at the end of each phrase, just for a single breath. In the space of a breath, ask God to highlight which of these truths he wants you to savor and hold in your mind today.

Romans 12:9-21

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Did something stand out in your mind—something that speaks to your current state of mind or circumstance? Go back to that phrase, and memorize it. Try to mull over that phrase multiple times during the day. If you have a busy day ahead of you, try setting an alarm for every 30 or 60 minutes. When it goes off, take a deep breath, repeat that small passage of scripture to yourself, and then wait for 30 seconds before moving on with your day. God will almost always add insight and application to His word if we take the time to slowly, carefully, and thoughtfully consume it.

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