Today’s reading is Romans 12.
I imagine you are reading this on the same device you access social media. When you move from this post to Facebook (or you may be reading it there), Twitter, Instagram, or whatever other platform you socialize virtually on, please remember today’s reading. Bless those who persecute and curse you. Don’t curse them in return. You don’t have to agree with everyone, but at least communicate with harmony. Don’t repay evil for evil, give good instead. Honor others and do what is honorable. Be at peace as much as it depends on you. Sure, there are plenty of people who are going to do bad, evil things. Don’t respond in kind. Overcome evil with good. One of the true life-changing differences the gospel makes is not how we treat the people most like us and whom we most like. It is in how we treat people who don’t like us, are not like us, and whom we don’t like all that much. And what better place to start that gospel life change than right now while you are online? After all, Jesus didn’t die for a bunch of people who were nice to Him.
Tomorrow’s reading is Romans 13.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, Paul’s words mean so much more than “Play nice.” But, at the same time, playing nice is a good way to start. The hard part is playing nice when others are playing dirty. Sure, in worldly ways, that gives them advantages. Often, they will seem to come out on top because they are willing to behave in ways you won’t. But in the end, when it really counts, in the presence of God before His judgment seat, playing nice with those who play dirty is what God has asked us to do. I get it. Playing nice put Jesus on the cross. However, it also brought Him back from the dead on the third day and then lifted Him up to the throne of God. So, play nice. And when you realize you have blown that, turn to Jesus.