17 October 2018 – Romans 2:12-16 (NIV)

17 October 2018 – Romans 2:12-16 (NIV)

Scripture

12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

Reflection

No matter who you are, what religion you follow or not follow, whatever country you come from; you have an internal barometer of righteousness. That is why when tragedies such as mass shootings, wars or social injustice occur, people are saddened or there is a rally of the people to stand up and fight. Our barometers might be skewed in the wrong way due to our sin, but God created us in a way where we can sense something is unjust or wrong. That is what Paul is talking about verse 14-15, “14 Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.” Though the tone is somber, when I read this it gives me hope, because it reminds me of where we come from and where God intends for us to eventually return to. It is a beautiful reminder of our connection to our author and creator, God (Josh).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

After the workday encourage your flat mate, your family or friends over dinner to share something they’re thankful for, and praise God for his blessing.

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Con Loggenberg - Discipleship Director
Con Loggenberg is the Discipleship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of University of Pretoria, South Africa and South African Theological Seminary. He and his Texan wife, and twin boys live in Shanghai, China.