Read Through Romans – Day 18

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Think about someone who has lots of passion.  What are they passionate about?  How do they display their passion?  Merriam Webster defines passion as  a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.  Passion can be good or bad… wise or misdirected… controlled or out of control.  We can be passionate for family and friends, a sports team, a hobby and/or a cause we strongly believe in.  We can share our passion with others or keep it to ourselves. Are you a passionate person?  What are you passionate about?

Today’s Romans reading reveals how passion can be misdirected.  Read Romans 10:1-13.

Here are some questions for you to consider.

  • Read Romans 10:1-4.  Summarize what these verses tell us about the people of Israel.
  • Read Romans 10:2-3.
    • Did you know that Paul, the author of Romans, was originally a Jew that was enthusiastic for God, but with misdirected zeal?  Find out more in Acts 22:1-23.
      • What did you learn about Paul from these verses?
      • How does this information help you understand Paul’s heart for the people of Israel (the Jews)?
    • The Israelites refused to accept God’s way and clung to their own ways of getting right with God by trying to keep the law.    Have you ever tried to get right with God by following the rules?   Do you think you have to be perfect in order for God to love you?  What does Romans 5:8 tell us?  How does this encourage you?
    • Read Romans 10:4.  How are we made right with God?
    • Read Romans 10:8-13?
      • What steps do you take to be saved according to Romans 10:9-11?
      • How would you explain Romans 10:9-11 to someone who has not accepted Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior?
      • Read Ephesians 2:1-10.  Think about how God has made a difference in your life.  How has He been faithful to you?  How has He transformed you?  What personal examples could you add to your explanation of Romans 10:9-11?
      • Have you taken these steps to be saved?  If you need more information on this, check out Romans Road, which provides the pathway to salvation.

Maybe you need some encouragement today.  Jesus invites us to come to Him and receive rest in Matthew 11:28-30 AMP:

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [a]ease and relieve and [b]refresh [c]your souls.]

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([d]relief and ease and refreshment and [e]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [f]good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

I love how these verses invite me to come just as I am, with all my mess, my weariness, and burdens.  And in exchange for this junk, Jesus offers rest, relief and refreshment!  How loved we are!  City Harbor’s song, Come However You Are, ties in perfectly with Matthew 11:28-30.  Leave your burdens at the cross and come receive Jesus’ rest today.

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