Romans Rapid-Fire Key Verses

If you haven’t read Romans, I would strongly encourage you to. Even if you have read it, it couldn’t hurt to read it again. This is actually my second time reading it, but I feel like the first time I didn’t get all that I should have gotten from it. I was too young and naive. especially recommend the Recovery Version. There’s so many little nuances and details that I’m sure you’ll discover new spiritual gems even if you’ve read it over before. 

Romans 12:2
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.[b]

You don’t have to go with the flow or get with the times. Sin is still sin, no matter what people in reality shows are doing. 

Romans 12:3
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Amen to that! In our world of inflated egos and self-gratification, this is a breath of fresh air. Look at the last part. Did you ever notice that before? Our faith doesn’t even come from us. Our faith in God is also through God. Doesn’t that just burst your bubble? All of us who think we’re so wonderful and pious for believing in God? It’s not even us!

Romans 13:14
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

“Make no provision for the flesh.” That’s pretty tough. Don’t we always make provision for the flesh? We think that by allowing small divergences every once in a while, we are preventing some kind of explosion of sin. So we make provisions. The only problem is, God doesn’t just want us to have an outward appearance of righteousness, ie. “not doing anything realllyy bad.” He wants us to learn to hate sin, even sins that seem are tolerated in the eyes of the world.

This next one requires some more context. Paul is talking about how we should not judge each other based on food, or allow petty things to create unGodly tension.

Romans 14

4 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.

23 But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith;[l] for whatever does not proceed from faith[m] is sin.[n]

I hardly remember the last food choice that I didn’t have a few doubts about. Clearly, this is not a good sign. 

If you want to eat that bucket of twice deep fried chicken wings, apparently you can if you have faith. Or is there a statute of limitations? I really hope not, I like wings.

Everything that we do should be out of faith. That is what this verse is saying. I suppose faith can include believing that your body can digest meat. If you eat meat. If not, then that’s not a problem either. 

Maybe you could misinterpret this verse, thinking that you can do whatever you want as long as you “have faith.” But let me bring up two important points before you confuse yourself. 1. This verse seems to be talking only about food. Although I could very well be wrong, so maybe just forget this point. 2. If you are doing something that you know to be wrong out of faith… is that really faith? You can remember point 2.

Well, that’s all. Hope this was enlightening. God Bless!

 

 

 

 

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