- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Romans 12
The life of the righteous (1)
What does God call for those who are justified by God to live in this world?
It is new life with renewed mind and transformed life. Spiritual transformation is to be conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.
Transformed life begins with offering our bodies to God as living sacrifice, which is spiritual worship. Worship is not only public but personal in daily life, recognizing God’s presence all the time, all the way and everywhere. Bodies usually mean selves, total being. Living sacrifice is contrasted to dead animal sacrifice in the Old Testament. Transformed life eventually is to live by the will of God, by the gift that God granted to each other. So discernment is to know God’s will, what, when, where, and how God acts in everyday life.
Transformed relationship begins with the law of love which leads us to relate each other with mercy, hospitality, honor, charity, hope, patience, compassion, and living with harmony. In his letter to Corinthian church, Apostle Paul wrote what love is and love is the greatest of faith and hope (1 Corinthians 13: 4-13).
The vindication of justice (revenge) is God’s prerogative, not ours, because we are neither wise enough nor good enough to punish our enemies justly. To heap burning coals is a non-violent act to make the enemy feel ashamed by meeting his/her evil with good.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.