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This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Proverbs 16, 17, 18; Romans 12
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, May 31, 2018
Proverbs 16:2 “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 17:28 “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
Proverbs 18:8 “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”
10 “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
Romans 12 the entire chapter…
1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Some of my favorite Proverbs are in today’s readings:
Romans 12 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible… (looking fwd to Romans 14!)
Volumes have been written just about Romans… a dissertation about the Law vs. Grace. Powerful!
Romans 12:1-2 is one of my “life verses.” “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship [reasonable service] . 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The same Greek word, “latreuō” is translated both “worship” and “service.”
Matthew 4:10 “Jesus said to him, “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:13. Jesus quoting “fear” the Lord is translated “worship” the Lord… Interesting.
NT: Worship the Lord and serve Him only.
OT: Fear/reverence/honor/respect/afraid/terrible/dreadful the Lord and serve Him only.
Lord I want to worship and serve you all the days of my life!