11/5/11 Romans 13-16
S: Romans 13:10-14 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfils the requirements of God’s law.
This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armour of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarrelling and jealousy.
Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
O: We cannot earn our salvation by works, because we, having already sinned, cannot make ourselves perfect. That's why Jesus had to die for us.
Nonetheless, now that we are saved, we cannot continue to live in sin. Living by faith, living in the Spirit, and loving God include eschewing sin.
A: Many times when I'm tempted, I think about ways to indulge my evil desires. Paul tells us not to even go there (verse 14). Jesus pointed out in Matthew 5:17-48, Jesus points out that sin begins inside us before we even take any action.
So we must not even indulge in thinking about ways to indulge in sin. It's a slippery slope into the abyss.
P: Father, keep my mind pure. Renew my mind and make it confirmed to You. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)