~ Do Not Be Conceited ~
Series Note ~ In just the single chapter of Romans 12 the Apostle Paul gave believers a list of 39 things which are part of the Christian life which pleases God. This chapter is crying out saying, “If you name Jesus Christ as your Savior then please act like a Christian!” It is Paul’s “To Do List” for us. The key principle is that while you and I cannot change God’s character (who He really is) we have the clear potential to damage His reputation (what others think He is).
Scripture to Meditate On ~ “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 12:16d).
Comment ~ Pride is a root of every sin! We are all created different but equal. This does not mean that all opinions are equally valid—but it does mean that we should be careful in dismissing or judging others’ opinions. Even if our opinion is correct in a particular situation we all have plenty of opinions that in time will be revealed incorrect.
Related Passages ~ “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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