Last night before bed, I was reading from Psalm 139 (the text of next Sunday’s sermon) and from Romans 12. The closing part of Romans 12 really stood out to me.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly.
Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.
Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
— Romans 12:14-21 (NASB)
After reading this passage several times, I was once again (this isn’t a new thought) struck with how much easier it is to read the Bible than to actually consistently follow its teachings.
Amidst all of these instructions, one particularly jumped out at me. How wonderful that the Holy Spirit helps as we read to understand and apply (and convict)! In this case, He helped me see that I need God’s help to better fulfill one of these instructions.