Week 43   Day 7

  

Faith in Jesus transforms our living

            and makes everything

                        new

                        life-giving 

Re-created in the likeness of Jesus 

            we truly become children of God

 

Here we have a new emphasis 

the culmination of Paul's whole letter

            "How are we to live?" 

This is the practical application of Paul's gospel  

            of Paul's theology 

 

Faith gets put into action in our daily living

            and this is what it looks like 

It is faith in Jesus

            and not New Years resolutions

            that produces right living

  

In contrast to what people were doing

            with their bodies in chapter one

we are by faith to offer

            our bodies and minds

            as a living sacrifice to God  

We are not to conform and follow

            we are to lead

 

It doesn't matter what others do 

            or what others do to us

this is what we are to do

 

God wants to transform our thinking 

            our thought patterns and processes

            our actions and reactions 

Faith is an action word and it's out in the vanguard. 

 

 

 

                                CHRISTIAN CONDUCT

             Faith will transform your day-to-day living.

                                       Romans 12 & 13

 

    1By the mercies of God, present your bodies a living
sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable
service. 
2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that
good
and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    3Through the grace given to me, I say to everyone who is
among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought

to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a

measure of faith.  4As we have many members in one body,

but all the members do not have the same function, 5so we are

one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 

    6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is

given, let us use them:  if prophecy, let us prophesy in faith;

7or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches,

in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads,

with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

    9Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil.  Cling

to what is good.  10Be kindly affectionate to one another with

brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

11not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

12rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, steadfast in prayer;

13distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 

    14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 

15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who

weep.  16Be of the same mind toward one another.  Do not

set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. 

    17Repay no one evil for evil.  18As much as depends on

you, live peaceably with all.  19Beloved, do not avenge

yourselves, but rather give place to wrath, for it is written,

"Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.  20"If

your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a

drink; in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 

21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    8Owe no one anything except to love one another.  9All

commandments are summed up in this saying, namely,

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  10Love does no

harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

    11 It is time to awake out of sleep; for our salvation is nearer

than when we first believed.  12Night is far spent, the day is at

hand.  Cast off the works of darkness; put on the armor of light. 
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV 

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