Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on August 27, 2014.
Prayer: May our lives reflect you, God. Amen.
Reading: Romans 12: 9-21 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Wow! As I read this passage, I thought to myself how these are simple rules, laid out for us to live a Christian life. It gives all kinds of good advice for how we should act and treat others. If we would meditate and pray about these things, surely our lives would be better.
I was particularly struck by how it tells us to treat our enemies. If we treat them with love and respect, it is like putting hot coals on their head. Taking the high road is the best option.
It is my hope that you spend some time today reflecting on this passage and seeing where you might need to improve in your life. Think on these things, and then take some action! --Chad Hershberger
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