Beyond the Gospels: Romans 13:8 – 14:12

Read Romans 13:8 – 14:12
[Be sure and read the passage before the words below. Click on the reference to read online if you don’t have a Bible with you.]

… put on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Romans 13:14
Put on Jesus… lay aside self…
Can you hear Him? 
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. …”
Luke 9:23 ESV
It’s our flesh, our own selfish desires and self-righteousness, that keeps us from following Him. Our self makes it impossible to love our neighbor as He calls us to.
To put on Jesus is to die to self.
Apart from Him we can’t love anyone rightly.
Do you feel like people owe you? Are you offended when kindnesses go unnoticed? thanks are not offered?
You are not owed. You are to see yourself as one who owes others love, in the name of Jesus.
No thought to self or what you will gain. Only what you’ve already received. His grace. His mercy.
Put on Jesus. What else do you really need?
Lord, I fail in so many ways to love my neighbor,
help me to see where I need to die to self,
and follow You.

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