• A Living Sacrifice

    Romans 12:1–2

    Most of us are accustomed to the reading of sacred Scripture, but how many of us take the time to meditate on it, to take a passage and spend some time mulling it over, considering what it teaches and how ...Read More

  • An Offering of Gratitude

    Romans 12:1

    Without an understanding of the grace of God and submission to Christ’s lordship, we cannot dedicate ourselves to the Lord in thanksgiving. Sanctification follows justification; the ability to walk in holiness is a benefit that results from our having ...Read More

  • A Reasonable Response

    Romans 12:1–2

    God is not interested in just a portion of our time, energy, thoughts, or money; rather, He wants it all. This does not mean that we cannot enjoy what He has given us, but it does mean that we must ...Read More

  • A Reasonable Response

    Romans 12:1–2

    We all know that the remaining presence of sin in our lives makes it impossible to have a perfect desire to please God when we worship. Nonetheless, since we may now approach the Father boldly in Christ (Heb. 10:19 ...Read More

  • Genuine Goodness and Love

    Romans 12:9

    Today we see a false understanding of love manifested most commonly in romantic relationships. Many people justify adultery by saying that they no longer love their spouse but love another person. People often justify homosexual relationships by saying, “As long ...Read More

  • God’s Will and Your Vocation

    Romans 12:1-8

    It is a good for us to engage in critical self-assessment throughout our lives. Even if we have been in a particular job for a long time, the demands of the job and our interests can change to the point ...Read More

  • Harmonious Living

    Romans 12:16-17

    The world does not always understand what is good, and sometimes it even calls good evil and evil good. Still, unbelievers often recognize what is right and true, and they definitely know when we do not practice what we preach ...Read More

  • Hope and Hospitality

    Romans 12:12-13

    Because there were not many inns in the ancient world, hospitality was particularly necessary. That need continues today, even in countries where hotels and other lodging options are abundant. We should seek to show hospitality whenever we can, whether by ...Read More

  • How do You Spell Joy?

    Romans 12:9–21

    How do you spell joy? “J” stands for Jesus. “O” stands for others, and “Y” stands for yourself. The secret to joy is to put Jesus first, others second, yourself last. This is a child’s lesson, but it is ...Read More

  • Leaving Vengeance to the Lord

    Romans 12:19-20

    What is your first inclination when people wrong you? Is it to seek vengeance on them, to do what you can to make them pay for what they have done? Or, is your response immediately to pray for them, to ...Read More

  • Living Sacrifices

    Romans 12:1

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage that “we are redeemed by the Lord for this end—that we may consecrate to him ourselves and all our members.” We are not our own, but we are bought with the price ...Read More

  • Loving Affection and Honor

    Romans 12:10-11

    Zeal for the Lord does not mean uncontrolled exuberance or a passion that is not in submission to what God has told us. We see this in Paul’s admonition that our zeal must “serve the Lord” (Rom. 12:11 ...Read More

  • Overcoming Evil with Good

    Romans 12:21

    Let us note one more time that the high calling to love our enemies cannot be fulfilled in our own power. If we seek to do this through our own efforts, we will fail every time. But if we walk ...Read More

  • Peaceable Living

    Romans 12:18

    Christ calls us to do whatever we can to live at peace with all people. This does not mean denying the truth but cultivating a gentle spirit that seeks the good of all, that is humble enough to confess one ...Read More

  • Proper Perspective

    Romans 12:1–8

    Tests that show us our psychological inclinations, talents, and aptitudes can be valuable in assessing our strengths and gifts. Learning our gifts will make us more useful members of Christ’s body. Through discussion and prayer with your pastor and ...Read More