In these two chapters Paul talks about sacrificial living, loving others well and submission to authority out of reverence to God. My very favorite passage in these two chapters has always been Romans 12:1-2.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Personally I love these verses, but as a youth pastor these are some of my favorite words to share with teenagers. We are to be in – not of – this world. We ought not to conform to the world’s standard, but live and love like Christ.
As I read this morning, one verse that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before is Romans 13:8. As a fan of debt free living – this passage made me smile. So often scripture points to the freedom that comes from being without debt. But here in verse 8 Paul says there is one form of debt that’s ok (the debt to love).
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”