Day 7 – Romans 2:12-13 – August 28, 2018

“All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.”  (Romans 2:12-13)

The Bible’s book of Leviticus is filled with countless laws that Jews were expected to obey in addition to the Ten Commandments, an impossible task for a human being.  Even the Ten Commandments are impossible to obey.  Most can manage “You shall not kill (murder).” Many of us think we’re obeying, “You shall not steal?” But are we really?  Do we take office supplies or steal time from work?  Do we take long lunches or spend excessive amounts of time on social media? You shall not covet is the most difficult.  From the time Moses received the Ten Commandments to the time he walked back down the mountainside, most likely all ten of the commandments had been broken.  Jesus knows it is impossible for humans to keep the laws or commandments, so when asked which of the commandments is the most important, He tells us in Luke 28-31.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Every human being has the capacity to love, to do something nice for another.  Is there someone at work that you don’t like because they have been mean to you or that you don’t like because they are lazy and not pulling their weight? Even though you don’t like that person, you still have the capacity to do something nice for him or her.  God tells us in Proverbs 25:21-22 and in Romans 12:20 that if we do something nice for someone who has wronged us that God will heap burning coals on that person’s head.  In the former verse God also promises us that the Lord will reward you for doing something nice for your enemy.  Try doing something nice for your enemy and see how God rewards you.  God always keeps His promises.

Day 7 – Romans 2:12-13 – August 28, 2018

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