Our Daily Bread 12th August 2020 Devotional – Living on Purpose
TODAY’S TOPIC: LIVING ON PURPOSE
Bible in a Year: Psalms 84–86; Romans 12
Key Scripture: Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Today’s Scripture: Romans 12:9–21 (NIV)
Love in Action
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Insight: Our Daily Bread 12th August 2020 Devotional
Romans 12:9–21 is referred to as a hortatory section, meaning “to exhort” or to strongly encourage an action. This passage contains encouragement to act in specific ways and contains a variety of seemingly random instructions consisting of internal attitudes and external activities. Internal attitudes sometimes require external expression; however, external actions must have an external expression.
Internal attitudes include hating evil, being joyful in hope and patient in affliction, and not being proud. External actions express themselves in being devoted in love, honoring others, having spiritual fervor (serving), and being faithful in prayer, sharing, and hospitality. We’re exhorted to bless the persecutor, live at peace, and not take revenge on our enemies.
Message: Our Daily Bread 12th August 2020 Devotional
“We’re going on vacation!” my wife enthusiastically told our three-year-old grandson Austin as we pulled out of the driveway on the first leg of our trip. Little Austin looked at her thoughtfully and responded, “I’m not going on vacation. I’m going on a mission!”
We’re not sure where our grandson picked up the concept of going “on a mission,” but his comment gave me something to ponder as we drove to the airport: As I leave on this vacation and take a break for a few days, am I keeping in mind that I’m still “on a mission” to live each moment with and for God? Am I remembering to serve Him in everything I do?
The apostle Paul encouraged the believers living in Rome, the capital city of the Roman Empire, to “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11). His point was that our life in Jesus is meant to be lived intentionally and with enthusiasm. Even the most mundane moments gain new meaning as we look expectantly to God and live for His purposes.
As we settled into our seats on the plane, I prayed, “Lord, I’m yours. Whatever you have for me to do on this trip, please help me not to miss it.”
Every day is a mission of eternal significance with Him! By: James Banks
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