From Handbook to Scripture, Day 263
READING: ROMANS 1
While the Gospels portray the words and works of Jesus Christ, Romans develops the profound implications of His life, death, and resurrection for those who trust in Him. Romans is the most systematic and comprehensive theological treatise in the Bible, and it presents the powerful themes of salvation, righteousness, faith, justification, redemption, atonement, reconciliation, and imputation with greater clarity than anywhere else in Scripture. Romans 6–8 is the supreme passage for the meaning of the spiritual life, and Romans 12–14 is crucial to our understanding of the outworking of the spiritual life.
The theme of Romans, spelled out in 1:16–17, is that the gospel is the power of God for salvation and righteousness for those whose faith is in Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Lord, You have revealed Yourself to all people through Your vast and marvelous created order, and yet so many people have turned away from the glory of the incorruptible God to worship and serve the creature. May I always honor You as God and give thanks.
Meditation passage: verses 3–4, 16–20
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
Speaking the Truth in Love
Dear Lord, in the prophets and apostles whose words are recorded in Scripture, and most fully and clearly in Your incarnate Son’s earthly ministry, You have perfectly balanced the combination of truth and love. I also want to speak Your truth to my generation and to do so in a gracious and loving manner. Keep me from the poles of cold orthodoxy and warm sentimentality. I ask for the courage to be forthright and honest when it is needed and for the compassion to consider the needs of others before my own. In Your way and through Your guidance, may I become a source of blessing to people who are in need, and may I be increasingly concerned about the plight of the lost, the last, and the least.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: My Relationship to God—Faith, Trust, and Dependence
Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. The mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:5–6)
If I live according to the flesh, I will die; but if by the Spirit I put to death the deeds of the body, I will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:13–14)
If I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. For it is with my heart that I believe unto righteousness, and it is with my mouth that I confess unto salvation. As the Scripture says, “Whoever trusts in Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9–11)
I will not think of myself more highly than I ought to think, but I will think soberly, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given me. (Romans 12:3)
It is by faith that I stand firm. (2 Corinthians 1:24)