December 02, 2017: SOAP #2921:  Romans 9-12 Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 12:4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Observation:   Like my physical [...]

December 02, 2017: SOAP #2921:  Romans 9-12

Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 12:4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Observation:   Like my physical body, the body of Christ has many different members.   Each member is needed by the other members to do what it alone can do, doing for the other members what they cannot do for themselves.   'Each member belongs to all the others.'

Application:   The truth is understandable, but how do I live out that truth?   Specific answers are found in the verses that follow.
13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with one another
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18 as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Do not take revenge
20 “If your enemy is hungry, feed him”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, how I get along with other believers is important to you.   Your truth is not only to be read and pondered; it is to be lived!   Holy Spirit remind me of the specific instruction that applies in each encounter today.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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