The Need for Paramount Change

Read Romans 15:4

Please read 1-7. I’ll wait. In verse one I find that we’re to bear with the infirmities of the weak. Well, that word infirmities (771) means a “scruple of conscience,” which according to Merriam is a mental reservation. So those newbies who are still being pruned of language and humor and addictions that make us cringe in our Spirits, we’re to bear (941) bastazō, “to lift, lit. or fig. (endure, declare, sustain, receive, etc.)” with these things and not just to make ourselves feel, or look, good but because we’re told to do so. That’s where the import of verse 4 weighs in. The Scriptures have been given to us as an instruction manual. It tells us how to live with other believers and in this world in general. Why we stray from our time in His Word is both mindboggling and completely understandable. It’s confusing because you’d think we’d want an all access pass to the straight and narrow. Yet, that pass guarantees the need for paramount change in our lives. Change that will stretch and burn and pain us and therefore we hide from that knowledge being suckered into believing that ignorance is bliss, but it’s not; it’s deadly. Yep, without constant purposeful adherence to His Word, we will fall… and the enemy likes big bangs.

Father, make Your Word so tantalizing we just can’t get enough of it. Please and thank You. We beg You in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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