The Message in Romans (49)

The self-denial.

A yielded believer responds to God’s mercy, the grace, by his willful and deliberate intelligent decision and choice. Such a response manifests itself in a new way of thinking, a new attitude, and a new understanding that embraces the new approach. Such a response to God’s mercy is not merely a change in the outward expression, but a permanent change in the inner being. It is a response controlled by the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sent to reside in the yielded believers. Paul, in the Romans chapters 12 – 15, presents the principles of Christian conduct. Understanding of righteousness by the faithfulness of Jesus that Paul gives in the Romans chapters 1 – 8 governs the Christian behavior and conduct.

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Romans 12:3, NIV. In Romans 12:10 Paul adds: “Honor one another above yourself.” The yielded believers must always be aware that there is one Jesus; and therefore, one good news (one gospel), and one body of believers, the Church. Paul, in Romans 12:4 – 8, reminds the believers that there is one body but many parts. While each part of the body may display somewhat different experience of the justification by the faithfulness of Jesus nevertheless, all must be one in the gospel. All must display the attitude and conduct worthy of their calling in Jesus Christ.

These principles will become a daily experience in the life of the yielded believers only if they adopt the universal principle of selfless love. “’A new command I give you: Love one another.’” John 13:34, NIV. Paul echoes the same command: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:9, 10, NIV. The universal principle of selfless love will shape the new life of self-denial, and be visibly present in every area of the Christian experience.

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