Don’t be conformed! #Bibleverse 13th January

We invite you to use our daily Bible verse to encourage thought and to stimulate prayer. 

Today’s verse comes from the Letter to the Romans

romans12Today’s Bible verse:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

What helps you to understand God’s will and how has that encouraged you in your Christian journey?

Here is the Bible verse in its context in the Letter to the Romans (12. 1-13)

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

The Bible passage challenges us to look carefully at the standards of ‘this world’ and to equip ourselves to be people of integrity. Later in the passage key qualities of the Christian in the world are brought forward: Love, holding fast to the good, rejoicing, being patient …

Think and pray about an area of your life where you feel you need strength and courage to make a stand against pressures ‘of the world’ to behave differently.

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