Powerful words: Romans 12:9-21 and the Christian life

Have you ever had this happen? You read a passage of Scripture that you had read many times before, but this time it hits you like a ton of bricks. This is what happened to me tonight when I read this passage from the Book of Romans (12:9-21):

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 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; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Boy, do I have a long way to go….

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John Howard Yoder: Pacifist Aggressive
Celebrating Chuck Colson: “Like I Am.”
  • John

    You hit the nail right on the head! I came across these verses today in the church while simply browsing through the Bible. Though I am a christian by religion, i never placed much emphasis on the bible or going to church. I go once a month or even less frequently. But these verses today truly hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt so overwhelmed and a mix of emotions took over. These verses pretty much sum up the essence of Christianity and even though I never came across these before, this is exactly how I always envisioned a good life should be spent. Thank you lord for showing me these verses! These are definitely my favorite lines from the bible.

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