Romans

Ceasing to be light

All too often old emotions come back when circumstances are difficult. We walk around, weighed down with concerns even though Jesus says his yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). As anxious thoughts and hopelessness take over, we not only suffer personally but also cease to be a light in the world because Christ is no longer reflected in our life. On the surface, in fact, we appear just as pressured, stressed, and fearful as those without Christ. Instead of being filled with fear, anxiety, frustration, and stress, Jesus tells us in Romans 15:13 and in other verses how we can instead be characterized by hope, joy and peace, when we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 26, 2021.

Not Fearing

Man’s true spiritual condition is nowhere more clearly seen than in the absence of a proper submission to and reverence for God. Biblical fear for God consists of: 1. awe of His greatness and glory, and 2. dread of the results of violating that holy nature.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 3:18.

Everything he touches

Man damages and destroys everything he touches, leaving a trail of pain and suffering in his wake. Verse 17 reflects not the lack of an inner sense of peace, but man’s tendency toward strife and conflict, whether between individuals or nations.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 3:16, 17.

Discern-Ability

Romans 12;6a (1)

Thinking impacts behavior.  For the believer, renewal of the mind allows us to see ourselves from God’s vantage point.  It enables us to discern the gracious character of all life and thus to discern the work of the Holy Spirit in our physical bodies.  The indwelling Spirit can provide the supernatural resources needed to serve the King effectively, empowering us to “prove what the will of God is”.

Commentary from, “You are Gifted”, Bible study by Ken Hemphill. 

The Transforming

Romans 12;2

Christians must guard against being conformed to the values of the present age, which tell us life is really about us.  It convinces us we are number one and the present life is all that counts.  But we are kingdom citizens.

The only solution to the constant pressure to conform to the world is to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

Commentary from, “You Are Gifted”, Bible study by Ken Hemphill.