Paul’s Wisdom on Holy Living

This meditation is based on a passage for March 21, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Romans 12:1-21

Reflection and Question: Paul challenges the Romans and us with a list of ways to live a good life before God. Twice he encourages us to be humble: “do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to think,” and “do not claim to be wiser than you are.” When we are humble in this way, then we will be less inclined to avenge ourselves, leaving such judgment to God, as Paul advises. Accepting that conflict is inevitable, Paul teaches that we can only “overcome evil with good.” He commends so many ways to be good, and life gives us ample practice. Who tests your desire to live peaceably with all?

Prayer: Holy God, rather than being conformed to this world, we seek to be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we may discern Your loving will — what is good and acceptable and perfect. By Your Grace, help us reach this goal. Amen.