11/27/22 Only by Grace

READING: Romans 11:1-14:23

Pride subtly consumes us and leads us to think more highly of ourselves than we should. It both elevates and condemns us at the same time. It separates us from others, causes us to look down on them, and sets us up as judge.  Even those of us who recognize our prideful tendencies must continually fight for humility. 

Indeed, we must hear these words of the apostle Paul:

  • “For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think.” (Rom 12:3)
  • “Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.” (Rom 12:16)

We are all members of the same body of Christ. Each of us is uniquely gifted to serve in the local church—but, those gifts are products of God’s grace toward us. Our task is simply to love one another and build each other up. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do you need to love a brother or sister in Christ better today? 

DAILY PRAYER: “God, do what it takes to make me loving and humble.”  

TOMORROW’S READING: Romans 15:1-16:27, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4

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