All I have to do is love and include people.. all people…. ALL… not some, not just the ones I like, or the ones that think like me, or believe what I believe or anything else. ALL PEOPLE. Love and include and that’s it. Yes even the ones that have done you wrong. Love and include. That’s it.
Hi! This is the last of my Romans 12 notes..
- Look for people who need love and then look for ways to offer it to them
- Don’t select and use people to climb a social ladder
- Treat ALL people with respect
- Never consider others as beneath you
- Never pay back evil with evil
- Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone
- Never take revenge, let God handle it
- Conquer evil by doing good
- Always forgive, offer grace and mercy
Here are some notes on Romans 12 that I took:
- Don’t be selfish
- Don’t be proud
- Don’t be stubborn
- Don’t be arrogant
What can the Holy Spirit do for us:
- Renew our mid
- Re-educate us
- Redirect us
Everything about us should be dedicated to God.
Ask God to use all of you.
How might God use all of you? For me this is just saying that God wants me to be real and accept myself, the good and the bad. All of my past, present and future. God can take our mistakes and use them for good. He has nothing bad planned for us. It can all be used for good. I am willing to let him. I give it all to him and any good that comes all the glory goes to God. He is good.
Destination Addiction – A pre occupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, job, partner and so on….
We should be students instead of critics when looking at other people’s lives.
We all have had failures.
What can we do with a clean heart and a renewed spirit? God can change us but then what is out part?
The Bible is literally filled with instructions on how to live a good life.
Isaiah 55:3 says “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”
Come to me with your ears wide open! I love that!! This is what I wrote down when I read that verse.
How can I make my ears wide open?
- Be quiet
- Pay attention
- Talk less
- Listen more
I love Jesus and I am surrendered and I’m growing and changing everyday but I want to show everyone else the glory of God and I am going to have to be listening to do that.
I know it seems a little strange to say listen more when you want to share God’s glory but this works two ways.
- Be quiet so you can hear God. If our minds are here there and everywhere we will never hear anything. If your reading the Bible but thinking about the grocery list, that’s no good.
- Be quiet so you can hear other people reaching out for help. Listen to people. Hear them and respond thoughtfully not impulsively. Give God a chance to work on your heart and give you the right words to say.
1. We forgive because we have been forgiven
2. Be kind and tenderhearted, always
This verse makes me think about my own interactions with people. I like to say I am kind but there are so many times when I walk away from an interaction where I just feel icky about something I said or speaking when it really wasn’t necessary. I catch myself having judgmental thoughts and I really don’t like it. I am always quick to repent but I wish it would just stop. It is something I work on daily.
DO – be kind and helpful. Listen more talk less
STOP – judging and offering criticism
We are all so broken why would any of us ever think to give criticism instead of just kindness and love.