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For Wednesday evening services, the Lord has led me to do a Bible study for practical Bible verses in Romans. Please come back to these Bible lessons in order to review them and learn them. Whenever we have learned the meaning of Bible verses and think about them throughout each day, we will be in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Not only that, but when we are in a situation in our daily lives and are tempted to sin, we can think back to what we have learned from the Bible and say to ourselves, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation." This is what Romans 12:2 means, and it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This is also the pattern that Jesus used when the devil tempted Him to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.
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1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Due to God's incredible gift of eternal life in heaven, a Christian should obey this verse by living a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (When a Christian is in a situation in their daily life and is tempted to sin, they can think back to what they have learned from the Bible and say to themself, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation.")
3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Christianity isn't a competition; thoughts such as 'I do more to help the poor than other Christians' shouldn't be entertained. A Christian shouldn't believe that their gift is better or more important than the next Christian's gift (Romans 12:3). Once someone becomes a Christian, they're gifted with different abilities than other Christians (Romans 12:4). Each part of the human body can symbolize the body of Christ: for example, the arm can represent Christians with the gift of teaching the Bible, and the leg can represent Christians with the gift of encouraging others. When each body part does its job, all people are helped, which glorifies God. The following verses highlight some of those gifts:) 6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, (God gives some Christians more potential to carry out their gifts than other Christians. Each Christian shouldn't stress over that but do their best in helping others with the ability God gives them.) whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (Having the ability to predict the future isn't always the meaning of prophecy. Being able to explain the Bible (preach) is more in line with the meaning of prophecy in this verse.) 7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: (There are many ways Christians can minister (help others). God presents opportunities to do so, and the Holy Spirit urges them to act.) or he that teacheth, on teaching (being able to instruct people as to how to live the way the Bible instructs); 8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation (being able to encourage Christians trying to live the Christian lifestyle or motivating people in general who are struggling): he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity (This means generously.); he that ruleth, with diligence (Christians who have the gift of leadership should take it seriously and try to lead others to success.); he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. (This means not only meeting people's needs they come across, but enjoying doing it.)
9Let love be without dissimulation. (It's easy for a professing Christian to say they love others, but they prove their love by how they treat others and by helping their needs. For information on Christian love, see chapter 14 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (Instead of admiring sin, a Christian should focus on living the Christian lifestyle (a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) 10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; (The way a Christian is kindly affectioned towards others with brotherly love is when they truly care about them and put their needs before their own. Similarly, Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.") 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (When the Holy Spirit urges a Christian to help others, they should enthusiastically work hard at it.) 12Rejoicing in hope; (This refers to a Christian who is happily confident they're going to heaven due to their faith in Christ. Romans 5:2-3 and Romans 15:13 supports this.) patient in tribulation; (Not giving up living the Christian lifestyle (a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) due to trials is a way to have assurance of salvation.) continuing instant in prayer; (A Christian should continue praying and thinking the way God wants them to think (explained in chapter 39 of the pdf file book featured at this website - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) throughout their life.) 13Distributing to the necessity of saints; (Fellow Christians are part of God's family, and helping provide their needs displays this.) given to hospitality. (Christians should be willing to welcome safe guests into their homes.)
14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (When people are hostile towards someone because they're a Christian, the Christian should help them with their problems if a need arises, and ask God to bless them. Arguing and retaliating shouldn't happen. Matthew 5:44 also discuses this.) 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (Doing this displays love instead of having a singular interest.) 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
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