This morning I read Romans 1-6.
Some verses I took note on. I will do the SOAP thing that my friends have suggested me to try out.
S: “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong-that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. -Romans 1:11-12
O: This is Paul writing to Rome. He is longing to visit Rome. He wants everyone to be MUTUALLY encouraged through each other’s faith.
A: It’s such a blessing to be able to do Bible study with friends. It’s hard to find friends who are even willing to. But I’m thankful that I do. It’s been a very refreshing and joyful experience hearing how God has been faithful in the lives of others. It allows me to not lose hope in my own life because of the stories of my friends. I realized that we are all so different in the way we pray, approach God, and read the Word. Verses that stand out to me, don’t stand out to my friends and vice versa. I learn from them and they learn from me. It’s a mutual thing. It’s not about me. This faith in Christ is meant to be shared through friendships and I think that makes a huge difference. When I am not able to pray for myself or for anything, it’s a huge encouragement when others pray on behalf of me. I recently hanged out with a couple of friends and we went to K-town. We were having a conversation in the car. I shared them about 5 types of friends which I learned from a Sunday service back in Santa Cruz.
1) Name dropping friends - This is where you know the person’s name and you who they are. I guess not really friends, but nevertheless it’s name dropping friends.
2) Acquaintances - Not really your friends, but you know acquaintances. You sort of hang out with them or the same area in school. Or sometimes you hang out with them cause of a friend.
3) Social Friends - Friends you hang out and play with. Nothing more and nothing less.
4) Good Friends - Maybe you shared a secret or two with this friend because you trust. You guys have deep conversations and all.
5) Best Friends - Best friends are like Good friends, but in much deeper level. A friendship rooted in Christ.
A friendship rooted in Christ is a world’s difference from a friendship rooted in hanging out, gossip, and just having fun.
P: Holy Spirit, bless my friendships and relationships centered in Christ and those that are not. I pray that whoever and whenever I share conversation and have fellowship I pray that it will be of You. Allow me to a be friend to everyone I meet, as you were a Friend to me first. Amen.
S: “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” -Romans 6:1-2
O: Paul is saying that we should not go on sinning just because God is graceful all the time. As reborn Christians, we cannot live in sin anymore but in the Light.
A: I think most Christians know that they should not abuse the grace and kindness of God and go on sinning and doing whatever they want. Despite knowing this, we still do. I think the reason is because the way we view sin is totally different from the way Jesus views it. A friend recently told me that Jesus does not send people to Hell. Jesus sends SIN to hell and people because they are holding on to that sin. That’s how much Jesus hates and despises sin. Do we hate sin? Do we really hate sin? I ask myself… Sure, I hate the sin when someone murders, cheats on their spouse, wrongly accuses someone, etc. But I often find myself justifying my own sins. I think I am growing too comfortable with sin, and it should not be that way. The reality is that as humans, it is inevitable that we are going to fail. We are going to mess up and sin and go against the Spirit. But I believe the important thing we should realize is Romans 2:4-5.
“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”
God’s kindness leads us to repentance.
P: Lord, I know I don’t see sin the same way as You. But I pray that You will give me Your eyes to see. Even when I fail you, I pray that my heart will always run back to you. I pray that I will always have a repentant heart. Let me not be prideful, but create me in a humble heart. Let me not take Grace as an excuse to sinning, but let me be constantly changed and molded by Your Grace. Amen.