As the Nation Struggles

Published February 5, 2017 by Mark Rowden in Thought of Week

With all of the everyday chaos, and uncertainty around the world we need encouragement. Even the best of us feel sometime that we just want to throw up our hands and quit. But remember what Paul wrote to the Roman church in such times and be encouraged:

Romans 12:9-21 (New Living Translation – NLT)

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! (Like some in high places. My personal insert)

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

I pray that you may find comfort and encouragement in this brief passage of scripture reading to get you through the days ahead until we write again.

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