Have you ever been told that once you become a believer in Christ you have to change yourself; start following a list of unattainable rules that take all the fun out of life? Does it seem like asking too much?
That isn’t the case for others, they are told that once you are saved that’s it, all you have to do is believe while God does the rest- like taking away bad habits, changing your attitude/personality, basically ‘weeding out everything He did not plant in you’
Whatever the response to that question is, I do believe any type of faith does require some guidelines. Paul gave a few guidelines – or rules- to the Romans that I found quite simple and do-able. Atleast they seem do-able when I read them; in the chapters before these rules he had just made a statement on how impossible it is to do anything without the Holy Spirit; therefore I must assume the ability to live by any of these rules is something the Holy Spirit aids and makes possible; for without Him we can do nothing (“…God’s Spirit now lives in you, and He will raise you to life by His Spirit” Romans 8vs 11).
Out of them all, Romans 12 vs 12 stood out for me the most. I hope to get understanding on what this means and how it can be a reality for my life.
Rules For Christian Living
Be sincere in your love for others
Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good
Love each other as brothers and sisters
Honour others more than you do yourself
NEVER GIVE UP (emphasis mine)
Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord
Let your hope make you glad
Be patient in times of trouble and never stop praying
Take care of God’s needy people and welcome strangers into your home
Ask God to bless everyone who ill treats you; to bless them not to curse them
When others are happy, be happy with them; and when they are sad be sad
Be friendly with everyone
Don’t be proud and feel that you are clever than others
Make friends with ordinary people
Don’t ill treat someone who has ill treated you, but try to earn the respect of others
Do your best to live at peace with everyone
Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.
Sounds simple enough right? Imagine if every professing Christian person out there actually lived by these rules; not just out of duty but out of a real conviction. Would our faith not be more tangible – more relatable and even attractive to those who do not know Jesus?
If any of you has any insight into what this title means (let your hope make you glad) please feel free to elaborate.
May God continue to bless you as you walk with Him in this second part of 2015.