We are bombarded with headlines that focus on “our rights” as citizens of this nation. But what about our responsibility? In the book of Romans, Paul shows us how we can model Christ-like behavior and act responsibly toward one another.
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
How did we get here?
Focus on (rights) rather than (responsibility)
When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
Psalms 11:3 CSB
Where do we turn and how do we change?
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but
let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2 NLT
1. (Bless Others)
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Romans 12:14 NASB
2. (Help the Hurting)
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
3. (Be Humble)
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Romans12: 16 NASB
4. (Don’t repay Evil)
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath
of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Romans 12:17-20 NASB
5. (Do Good)
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:21 NASB