Friday, September 2, 2011

Women of Truth Rise Up

If you are just now joining me in reading my blog, I encourage you to read the first couple of blogs I have written to give you an idea of why I'm blogging in the first place.  Then, the rest of these ramblings of mine will most likely make more sense. ha!

As you probably know by now, I'm a Christian.  I desire to be honoring to God my Heavenly Father because of the great love He has shown all of us by sending us His Son.  Because of His love, I desire to strive to be a blessing to others and honor them too. I have been challenged by the thoughts that the Apostle Paul wrote to a group of Christians in Rome a couple thousand years ago.  In chapter 12 of Romans there is a small group of verses that packs a punch.  Even if you are not one who believes what I believe, I think you'll find the Apostle Paul's thoughts/encouragement to be very insightful.

Throughout the next several posts, I am going to be writing about several things mentioned in that group of verses (which I have typed out below). It will be a study of sorts....a look into my own heart and head about what I think of these things that Paul raised in his letter to the Romans.  This is a GREAT time for you to chime in after I have blogged on these points.  I would love to hear your thoughts too.
Here now, is the group of verses I will be blogging about:

Romans 12:9-21
"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 evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord."  To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Have a blessed day, everyone.  Let us seek to be women of truth inside and out!