Observation: I know it is from yesterday’s reading, but take note of the mercy that Paul has described in chapter 11 that motivates us to offer ourselves as a sacrifice to God at the start of chapter 12.
Question: Paul uses a discussion on food and days to talk about accepting one another when we have differences that are not of critical theology. What would be modern day examples that he might use now?
Application: I want to be faithful and intentional to use the gifts that God has given me to benefit others.
Prayer: Father, I offer myself to You as a living sacrifice. I want to live completely for You.
Today’s readings contain hard lessons. Chapter 12 tells me that I should be praying for the “free choice” people who are attacking my belief that abortion is wrong instead of being angry. Chapter 13 says I should honor the leaders that have been elected to lead our country if I voted for them or not, if I agree with them or not. Chapter 14 relates that I need to leave judgement to God since he is ultimately in control.
In chapter 14: 19 Paul writes: Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (NKJV) Edify means build up. Being angry and critical does not achieve this goal. Praying, obeying, and loving does.