What to Remember When You Don’t Like Yourself

SERIES – A Study in Romans 12

Romans 12 NKJV

1     I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

2     And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

3     For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

4     For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

5     so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

6     Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

7     or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;

8     he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

9     Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

10   Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

11   not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

12   rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;

13   distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

14   Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

15   Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

16   Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17   Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

18   If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

19   Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

20   Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21   Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Therefores in the Book of Romans

  1. The therefore of condemnation

Romans 3:20 NKJV – Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

  • The therefor of justification

Romans 5:1 NKJV – Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

  • The therefore of exoneration

Romans 8:1 NKJ – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

  • The therefore of dedication

Romans 12:1 NKJ – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:1 JPT (Phillips Translation) – With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him.

Lamentation 3:21-23 NKJ21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

1 Peter 2:9 NKJ – But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

Romans 12:2 JPT – Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 MSG26 Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. 27 Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, 28 chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? 29 That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. 30 Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. 31 That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”

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