This passage starts out with a “dos” and “don’ts” list with respect to Christian behaviour. Paul reminds us what a Christian is suppose to look like. Paul then goes onto explain why Christians behave differently. We are reminded of God’s mercy and grace and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our sins have been forgiven and we have eternal life because of what Jesus has done. We don’t behave differently because of our own righteousness.
Three words jumped out at me when I read this passage. Remind, insist and devote. They are all verbs – doing words. “Remind” tells me that these teachings can be forgotten, not understood or not practised. “Insist” tells me that it’s important and not an optional extra. Finally “devote” suggests some application and effort on my part.
Dear God, Thank you for the reminder the Apostle Paul has given us in this passage of Scripture. Help us be devoted in doing good, day in and day out. Amen.
Written by Ainslie Woods