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|A Prayer That We Might Benefit from Personality Conflicts|
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor…
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”—Romans 12:9-10; 14-21.
When confronted with difficult people, God wants us to have the characteristics of Jesus.
First, Paul says that our love should be genuine; that is, we must pray that we are not simply pretending that we love others, but that love and concern should flow from our hearts. This kind of love goes beyond human affection and springs from the “love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts.” (Romans 5:5) As believers, we have a source of love that is unavailable to the unconverted.
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|A Prayer to Worship God More Fervently|
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”—Romans 11:33-36
Paul rejoices in God’s sovereignty in Israel’s history, both in the nation’s blindness and eventual eagerness to embrace Jesus as Messiah. Contemplating the mysterious and yet glorious greatness of God and His purposes, Paul breaks out with adoration and humble worship. Surely we all agree that at this point, we enter a realm that is beyond our experience.
The word “unsearchable” means “untraceable,” which stresses that our knowledge of God is limited. Theologians are right to tell us that we can know God truly, but of course we cannot know Him exhaustively. “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known” (Psalm 77:19).