'We know that all things work together for good...' Romans 8:28 NKJ
It’s a danger to stop Romans 8:28 right after the word ‘good’ as lots of people do. We miss some critical information that way. This verse packs a real punch. It calls for active life–changing. Take a moment to read it again, slowly, out loud. ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.’ (Romans 8:28 NIV) Try the same with John 14:21 NIV: ‘Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them.’ So, those who obey God love Him. And those who do that have everything in their lives sewn together for their good. If we want the ‘all things working together for good’ bonus, we’re called to live like God wants. We have to actually love God in our actions and thoughts, not just sing it in songs and tell Him in prayers every now and then. Re–reading Romans 8:28 with that thought in mind feels a little punchier. It’s no longer just something encouraging to say when someone’s had a bad day. It becomes a call to act in the way that Jesus teaches us to, in order to have a really good life.
SoulFood: Micah 5-7; Luke 22:39-53; Ps 24; Pro 24:15-18
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