Sunday, March 1, 2009

PAUL'S COUNSEL-ROMANS 12



As I was reading the other day in Romans 12, I could apply much of the advice to myself. Here are a few of the verses and what they mean to me.



3. “For I say…to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…”

**I want to be sure and always count myself amongst my fellow people and never pretend to be greater than they in any way. I can know more than others in areas just as they do in their own sphere. However, because I know more in a certain field does not give me a right to hold this above anyone**



9. “…Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”

**The more I pray, read my scriptures, and go to Church, the easier it is for me to stay grounded—to be in this world but not of it. I strive to do this**



11. [Be] not slothful in business…”

**I shall strive to always be diligent in serving the Lord**



12. “Rejoicing in hope…continuing instant in prayer.”

**There is hope for me in my trials though it may take a long while to overcome**



14. “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”

**I am having to give a deposition, among several others, to a former co-worker’s attorneys. I would rather not have anything to do with it. This person was very difficult to work with. She is continuing her suit, I believe, against the place she worked at, and this will in part involve me. It is very difficult to not at least think bad thoughts let alone not speak them. I must work on being careful to not curse and then for the harder task comes sending blessings her way. I ask myself, “How do I bless her—hoping that she succeeds in what she is doing? No. I’ll start with thinking of her positive points, and we’ll go from there”**



16. “…Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

**This is so important. All men were created equally, in the image of our Heavenly Father, and are children of the same. I love his children and need to do more of it**



17. “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”

**I wonder at this scripture where it says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you…” As the Lord knows how difficult it is to live peaceably with all men, is He here giving us some leniency?**



19. “…avenge not yourselves…vengeance in mine; I will repay…”

**This scripture gives me great comfort. For, in those times when such wrong is done and no justice prevails, I know what comes after this world. And, He will make ALL things right**



I am thankful that my Heavenly Father loves me and knows of my little burdens in life amongst all of the billions of people. I am thankful that Jesus Christ died for me and felt every trouble, every sin, every terror that I have ever felt. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.