Into Practice . . .

Consequence of disobedience . . .

Romans 2:12-16 NLT

[12] When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it.

[13] For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight.

[14] Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.

[15] They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.

[16] And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.

Reflection . . .

Let’s review just a bit from the first verses in chapter two.

First, God’s kindness and patience is intended to lead us to repentance. Second, those who seek after God will have eternal life, experiencing glory, honour and peace, while those who live for themselves and refuse to obey will experience God’s wrath and anger and will have trouble and calamity. The verses above reveal that . . .

We cannot hide anything from God, and our lives will be laid bare before Him, even our secret lives.

The human condition is such that we instinctively know right from wrong even as unrepentant sinners, and as such we see the need for moral laws in the world. Each country has various versions of moral laws, what is expected as citizens of the communities in which we live. Those laws often don’t totally agree with Biblical moral standards, but nonetheless, they are human attempts to put order and justice in society.

As repentant followers of Jesus Christ, we can rejoice in the fact that God’s kindness and patience are for our benefit, and in our seeking after Him we are blessed with eternal life, God’s glory and peace. Therefore, we should have nothing to worry about when it comes to our being judged by God through Jesus Christ because we are not to be living for ourselves, but for God and being a blessing to others.

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