Thursday, March 17, 2011

Don't you love it when the Bible is nice and direct?  No debating or guessing at what the hidden meaning is. Of course, it also makes it harder to come up with excuses at why you aren't obeying it! It's just one of the many things I love about Paul the apostle. Paul writes this in his letter to the Romans but it is clearly meant for all believers...

"For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned...
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 
Love one another with brotherly affection. 
Outdo one another in showing honor. 
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 
Live in harmony with one another
Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly
Never be conceited. 
Repay no one for evil with evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all...
if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink...Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
-Romans 12:3;9-21 

Today, "weep with those who weep", stuck out to me. I have been keeping up with the disaster going on in Japan and I was also catching up on a girl's blog who is serving as a nurse in Haiti and reading about the horrible cholera epidemic and it's hard to not just weep at all of the horrible things going on in the world. It's hard not to weep for all of the people who are without hope. People who, in the face of so much tragedy, are without the only thing that even matters...Jesus Christ. 
I don't want to just weep though, I want to do something about it. I want to feed and clothe them and demonstrate Christ's love through me..."each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.."

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