Series Note ~ In just the single chapter of Romans 12 the Apostle Paul gave believers a list of 39 things which are part of the Christian life which pleases God. This chapter is crying out saying, “If you name Jesus Christ as your Savior then please act like a Christian!” It is Paul’s “To Do List” for us. The key principle is that while you and I cannot change God’s character (who He really is) we have the clear potential to damage His reputation (what others think He is).
Scripture to Meditate On ~ “Have regard for good things in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17b).
Related Passages ~ “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6). When we speak about others we should talk more highly than they deserve (grace).
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Comment ~ In my management and consulting careers I often coached others to try to catch people doing things right and then to tell them! Everyone gets beat down in this life and Scripture tells us to encourage and build up one another.
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