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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

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“…but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” 
Romans 12:17b ESV

“Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.”
Romans 12:17b NLT

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

 ” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
1 Peter 2:11-12 NLT

  • How does Peter describe our position in this world?
  • As Christians we are foreigners in this world because our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), for this reason we are called to act in what way?
  • Write down  some synonyms of the word honorable.
  • According to 1 Peter what results from our honorable behavior?
  • Ask the Lord to help you act in a way that brings Him honor in all things.

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Bring God honor by acting honorably! Praying for you!

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Pay-Up

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

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“Repay no one evil for evil.” 
Romans 12:17a

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

 ” For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
1 Peter 3:17

  • As humans our immediate reaction is to lash out… or react to whomever is doing us harm. But, what does Romans 12:17a about how we are called to react?
  • How does 1 Peter 3:17 bring clarity to the Romans passage?
  • We are not facing this alone… what does 2 Timothy 1:7 tell us about the Spirit in us?
  • God has given us a Spirit of power and self control. He is our strength. Claim Psalm 119:14-15 now & use it whenever you feel attacked.

“You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.”
Psalm 119:14-15

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Do good… and remember – Jesus has overcome the evil of this world! Praying for you!

Just Reject It

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How to Act Like a True Christian – Digging Deep Into Romans 12:9-21

“Abhor what is evil.” 
Romans 12:9b

Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12

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  • When did evil make it’s first appearance (see Genesis 3. Especially 3:21-24)?
  • Who initiated it’s entrance?
  • Ephesians 6:12 reflects on exactly that. Rejecting evil is rejecting who?
  • Ephesians 6 goes on to remind us how to combat this spiritual darkness. What are the pieces of armor.
  • Romans 1:18-32 gives us a glimpse of evil in our world. Yet…we are told instead how to live our lives (1 Peter 1:14)?
  • We can live transformed lives through the blood of Jesus. He allows us to overcome evil by the power of the cross. I try to use Philippians 4:8 as a benchmark in regards to what I watch, listen to, say. Write down the things we are called to think about.

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We are called to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. May Jesus guide and protect you as you seek to reject evil and follow the way of the truth! Praying for you…