FRIDAY 28TH DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: SAINT OR SATAN?
TEXT: ROMANS 12:1-21
MEMORY VERSE: ROMANS12:21 “Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good.”
Romans, written when Paul was in Corinth, is a gem of doctrinal importance. Canonically, the 6th of Paul’s 13(or 14) Epistles, Romans contains the A.B.C. of Christian’s education and should be studied in details before studying other epistles. In our text, right from verse 1 to the end, Christians are told what to do on daily basis such as –
Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Your body is God’s Temple and must be kept holy.
Not being conformed to the world; (though in the world, Christians are not of the world).
Don’t think you are better than others. Don’t put on the holier – than – thou attitude;
Christians are ONE in Christ and there should be no division;
Avoid ostentatious giving;
Stay clear of evil; always do good even when you are repaid with evil;
Be kind to one another. Show love to one another, not only to those who love you;
Don’t be a lazy worker. Learn from the ants (Prov. 6:6) and don’t wait to be told to do what you know it is your duty to do;
Be hospitable. Give willingly and sacrificially. Entertain visitors to the height of your ability;
Rejoice with them who rejoice and pray without ceasing.
Avenge not. God is the greatest avenger; allow Him to avenge for you;
These are a few of what Apostle Paul told the Romans, the centre of civilization during his time, to do, and by extension, all believers including you and me. You can list them and paste the list where you can always see it and act. Better if you put them in your mind. It is said that some Christians are saints in the church and Satan at work, at home and on the street. What are you, Brother and sister? What are people saying about you here and there? Consider your ways now.
HYMN: EMHB 300 – BREATHE ON ME, BREATH OF GOD
PRAYER: Eternal God, teach me to do good at all times in Jesus name. Amen.