Today, it is my great pleasure to have guest blogger Jenny Elaine from “aroundeverycorner.at.blogspot.com. She is writing on Romans 2 and I know you will enjoy it! Thank you Jenny for being my guest!! You are a blessing!!
Thank you again for this very important devotion and opportunity Juliana! It is interesting as we read on in chapter 2, “1 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. 2 And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. 3 Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? 4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
5But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6He will judge everyone according to what they have done. 7He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. 8But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. 9There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.a 10But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.
12When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. 13For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. 14Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. 15They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. 16And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life”
Anywhere we go in the NT scripture, God never, ever stops at what we have done bad, He always takes us to HOPE in Christ. Also, because of God’s command to treat others the way we would want to be treated, we cannot take these scriptures and point at others, because we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It is interesting too that in vs 16 it speaks about a secret life…which we all have — even those who seem to be good on the outside. So, thank God for His mercy….as we have all sinned against God….and therefore it all comes down to that if we do not show mercy on others, then we cannot expect mercy to be shown to us.
Thank you Juliana for this devotion!! Blessings to you!!!
** An added note here that I feel I need to add, as this chapter (1) has been used a lot to point out the sins of homosexuals. It has been used as a weapon…well, at least this is how they feel it is being used on them. They have received very little mercy from the Christian community…which has communicated to them that Christ will not want them. I have been a Christian support group leader for women who have been abused as children, and have had women in my group who were in lesbian relationships…and the reason they were was because of the abuse…consistant abuse…by men, their fathers and brothers. Their hatred towards men, which most of the time stems from their deep wounds, which stems from the sins of others. There are many, many ‘practicing’ alcoholics, gluttons, child pornographers, adulterers, and etc in the church….yet, we publicly, and loudly point out the sins of this particular group. When we choose to begin loving them as Christ did those who were hated in His day, then we will see many come to Christ, as Christ did in His day, and then God will work in their hearts and do the changing….it will not happen by our disdainful behavior towards them.