Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Jesus Christ, who transforms human situationsRomans 8:12-17
Vs: 13:- “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors; not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Do you ever wish you could be “better”? That you could be more loving and kind? More patient and forgiving? More holy? Perhaps you find yourself in a difficult situation today. Maybe you are struggling with an addiction, battling a chronic illness, or experiencing financial hardship.
In the book of Romans 8:12-17, we are reminded of the power of Christ to transform human situations. We are reminded that through Christ, we can overcome all challenges and obstacles that come our way. True transformation is a change in our hearts, attitudes, and thoughts.
Verse 12 begins by calling us to live according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh. It's important to remember that as Christians, we have been given the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us to live a life that pleases God.
Verse 13 speaks about the transformation process that takes place when we choose to follow the Holy Spirit and put to death the misdeeds of our fleshly nature. It is a process that requires our cooperation and willingness to let go of our old ways of living.
The first step in this process is to RECOGNISE the difference between living according to the flesh and living according to the Spirit. Living according to the flesh means following our own desires and impulses, while living according to the Spirit means following the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The second step is to REJECT put to death the misdeeds of the body. This means identifying and rejecting those things in our lives that are contrary to God's will and choosing instead to live in a way that honors and pleases Him. This can be a difficult and painful process, but it is necessary if we want to experience the fullness of life that God has for us.
The third step is to RELY on the power of the Holy Spirit to help us in this process of transformation. We must allow Christ – and His Word – to be the center of our life. He will empower us to overcome the sinful desires of our flesh and live a life that is pleasing to God.
Ultimately, the process of transformation is ongoing and requires a daily commitment to following the leading of the Holy Spirit and putting to death the misdeeds of the body. As we do so, we can experience the abundant life that God has promised us and become more and more like Christ.
As we reflect on the transformative power of Jesus Christ, we are reminded that our lives are not just about our own personal growth and development, but about our impact on the world around us. The power of Christ can transform not only our individual lives but also the lives of those around us and the world in which we live. Let us be agents of transformation, and give us the courage to take action when it is needed
Dear Lord, We pray that you would bring healing to the brokenness we see in our communities, our nations, and our world. Help us to see the ways in which we can be agents of transformation, and give us the courage to take action when it is needed. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mrs. Jooley Zachariah Mathew
Trinity MTC, Houston, Texas.