Daily Readers... Sorry this is coming out a little late today, we had some technical difficulties!
Today is Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. Happy Tuesday! Today we will continue in chapter 12 of Romans. Paul tells us what we must do, or better yet, what we must not do if evil is done to us. See the counternatural response Paul commands us to act in. Please join us at our Gatherings, Sundays @ 9:00 and 10:45 am. - Max
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ How do you know if your response to an evil or unfair circumstance is a just one?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Romans 12:17]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
-What is the usual or typical way Paul sees people returning or responding to evil acts? V.1
-Who might Paul mean as ‘all’ when he commands us to “do what is honorable in the sight of all”? V.1
-What similarities do we see in Jesus’ command in Matthew 5:39? Ref - “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
- If we are to not respond in an evil manner to an evil deed, can we retaliate in a just way? Can retaliation be honorable?
- Lastly, please read the following verse and see how it aligns with Romans 12:17: Romans 12:19 - Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” You will study this verse again in a few days.
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Since “The righteous live by faith”, what is one way you are being called by Christ to step outside your comfort zone this week and have faith that God has a purpose through that conviction he has given you?
_ Are you spending time in the Word and in prayer, to hear the Lord speak to you? It is these two actions that lead us to repentance, as well as our daily callings to God’s will.
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?
Pray the Lord would put upon your heart the person(s) in your life that you are to share the good news of the Gospel to, through organic circumstances in a relationship. If you know who this person is, how can you take a simple step of obedience, to show the love and passion of Christ to him/her?