The Other Six
Scripture Reading for 02/16/20 Romans 13:1-7, Mark 10:13-16
Monday – Read Romans 8:35-39. How does this passage make you feel? This is one of my favorite passages in the whole Bible. What a wonderful Gospel message!! In Christ, what do we have to fear? If God is for us, who can be against us? This passage tells us two things. First, there will be trouble in life. However, the second message is that all these troubles can't separate us from Jesus. Jesus has overcome this world. So, we are more than conquerors. Even death itself can't separate us from Jesus. So, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. What troubles are you facing? They can't separate you from Jesus.
Tuesday – Read Proverbs 17:9. What's the worst thing you've ever done that you've never told anyone about? Would you prefer people to know or do you wish it could just be completely forgotten? Would it change your reputation if people knew? We all sin. This proverb talks about how we handle other people's sins. Do we broadcast it or protect that person's reputation? One of the things that frighten me about today's culture is how society will destroy a person over a sin (sometimes it's not even a real sin). People have been fired, demonized, and destroyed over one poorly chosen statement or action. On a smaller scale, we do this to people when we gossip. Where is the grace? Where is forgiveness? It's something we all need. None of us would be able to stand under scrutiny. So, we are told to protect one another's reputation. Forgive each other's sins and not talk about them. Christ forgives us and completely forgets the sin. Let's do that for each other.
Wednesday – Read Romans 13:9-10. How many Commandments are there? Can you name them? We typically talk about ten Commandments, but the Jews in Jesus' day had over 600. That's a lot! Thankfully, Jesus simplified it. Love your neighbor as yourself. Not only is it just one commandment to remember, but it gives a means of following it. Think to yourself, "How would I want to be treated in this situation? What would I consider loving towards me?" Then do that for others. So, go ahead. Love others as yourself. Fulfill all the commandments by fulfilling the one.
Thursday – Read 1 John 4:18. What are you afraid of? What keeps you up at night? Fear can terrorize us, prevent us from trying things, and destroy relationships. What is the antidote for fear? Love! Love drives out fear. We know God loves us. This drives out fear. We don't have to fear tomorrow because God said He will provide. We don't have to fear death because Jesus' love on the cross overcame it. We don't have to fear the authorities of the world because they can't separate us from Jesus' love. What fears do you have? Give them to God. Read 1 Peter 5:7.
Friday – Read Ephesians 2:4-5. When did you come to Jesus? Sorry, it's a trick question. You didn't come to Jesus. Jesus came to you. This is a tricky subject in Christianity. But the Bible is actually clear. We are dead in our transgressions until God makes us alive in Christ. Dead people don't do anything. Why does this matter? Aside from being true to the Word, if I had to come to Jesus, I may start to wonder if I meant it or did enough. My salvation becomes, at least in part, my work. Anything to do with me is unsure. If it's God's work, it's sure. It is God's work and, thus, we can be sure of our salvation. You don't have to doubt your faith or salvation because God worked it in you.
Saturday – Read Galatians 5:6. Who are God's chosen people? The Old Testament referred to Israel as God's chosen people, but the Jews misunderstood who Israel was. Many thought it was about their lineage, but Romans 9:6 says not all who descended from Israel are Israel and Jesus said He has other sheep. It was always about faith. So, we don't prejudge. Anyone can receive faith and if you have faith, you are one of God's chosen people.