Beyond the Gospels: Romans

To read the scriptures for today’s devotional from Romans, click here: Romans 2:12-3:8

The Apostle Paul considered himself the “Apostle to the Gentiles.” (Romans 11:13) This wasn’t popular among the Jewish leaders and even many of the Jews who were followers of Jesus. Yet Paul continued to argue, at great risk to his life, that Jesus came to save the Gentiles (basically, anyone who wasn’t Jewish) as well as the Jews.
In the scripture we read today, Paul points out that the Jews, the keepers of the Law, are hypocrites because they preach about the law but don’t keep it. “While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You that forbid adultery, do you commit adultery? You that abhor idols, do you rob temples? You that boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?”(Romans 2:21-23)
Too often in our world people who are not Christian are driven away from Christianity by the hypocrisy of people who call themselves followers of Christ.
The late author Brennan Manning wrote, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.”
As Christians we should be very aware of our actions and seek with all our hearts, minds, and strength to ensure our actions align with the words of Jesus.

Dear God, please forgive us when we praise you with our lips and deny you with our actions. Help us to think and act in ways that always give you honor and glory. Amen.
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