The first 11 verses of Romans 6 brought to mind the following verses:
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:16-17, NLT
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.Ephesians 2:3-5, NIV
It all starts with God’s love and grace, so that’s how I charted the information from these verses. Feel free to make your own categories.
LOVE. Whose love came first?
SALVATION. Stems from God’s love and grace, not our worthiness.
FAITH. Glues us to God.
PEACE. REJOICE. CHARACTER. HOPE.
I was hit by the contradictions between our feelings and the situations when faith is in the picture. What words of God stood out to you in today’s reading?
How could I explain God’s word to me in a picture? I thought of Paul and Silas in prison, beaten and whipped, bleeding and dirty, with their feet in stocks and hand chained–rejoicing and singing songs of praise. I don’t want to show all that blood and gore. But that’s the idea… What will your picture be?
Stay tune tomorrow for my “digs” into Romans.