We have been discussing the Book of Romans over the last several weeks and we have made it to verse 9 of chapter 1.
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you.
Paul makes a statement. He says he lives for God in his Spirit and out of that flows the work of preaching the gospel of God’s Son. Paul’s Christian work flows from the passion of his heart for God.
Somewhere along the line many of us have lost the truth that Christianity starts on the inside and works its way out.
We blame so much of our behavior on others. “If my sister didn’t do this then I wouldn’t do that.”
“If my father was nicer I wouldn’t be like this.”
” If my husband weren’t such a jerk I’d…”
But Jesus said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45
It is what is in our own hearts that makes us good or evil not what is going on outside of them. We may not be able to control the world or the people in it but with Christ’s help we can control our responses.
What do you need to let God change on the inside so that you can live more for Christ on the outside?
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