i love romans 12:1-2 and tonight at housegroup we’re looking at the whole chapter… so the other day i re-read it and i discovered something wonderful…  romans 12 begins with the exhortion to not conform to the pattern of the world, but to be renewed by the Word of God… and then it goes on, from verse 9 and gives us guidelines that follow the pattern we SHOULD conform to, God’s ways and His will…  its a great pattern for relating to people, and really relevant for my awesome young adults housegroup…

Romans 12 – A Pattern For Real Life

Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

  • be sincere in loving others
  • hate EVERYTHING that is evil
  • hold onto the good things
  • love each other like family
  • honour others above yourself
  • never give up
  • eagerly follow the Holy Spirit
  • serve God
  • let hope make you glad
  • be patient in hard times
  • never give up praying
  • take care of those in need
  • welcome everyone, even into your home and personal space
  • live opposite – bless instead of curse when you are cursed
  • joy with joy, weep with weeping – true caring and sharing life
  • be friendly to everyone
  • dont get a suprierioty complex