The Other Six
Scripture Reading for 12/01/19 Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44
Monday: Read Romans 13:8-10. The Law of God can be summed up in one command, love your neighbor. These days, we have conflicting ideas of what love is. Is love making people happy? Is it telling people what is right and wrong? Jesus obeyed God's Law perfectly. We learn about love when we learn about Jesus and His Law. What command of God do you struggle with to love your neighbor?
Tuesday: Reread Romans 13:8-10. Following God's commands & loving others is the same thing. Many times, we think of God's commands as this list of things we have to do. How does thinking of God's commands as loving others rather than following a list change how you think about God's Law and/or your attitude about the Law?
Wednesday: Read Romans 13:10-11. In the past two days, we've thought about God's commands and loving our neighbor. Romans 13:11 puts that consideration in the context of Jesus' return. Love because Jesus is returning soon. How does this change the urgency and importance of loving each other? What effect could it have on you in preparation for Jesus' return and what effect could it have on your neighbor? Does the thought that Jesus may return at any moment affect your motivation to love others?
Thursday: Read Romans 13:11. What does it mean to wake up from your slumber? What does Paul mean when he says salvation is nearer than they thought?
Friday: Read Romans 13:11-13. Paul uses the imagery of day and night when talking about following Jesus and following our sinful desires. Why is this image appropriate? Does this image affect how you think about loving others vs. sinning?
Saturday: Read Romans 13:12-14. What does it mean to clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ? Vs 14 says not to think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh (sinful nature). We all sin, but it's one thing to sin in the moment and another to come up with a plan to sin. Take a moment to reflect on your life. Are there any desires of the flesh where you look for ways to indulge them? If so, confess them and ask God to help you to think of Jesus rather than those desires.