Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Live as Saints Should Live

Romans 13:11, Ezekiel 3:20, and Doctrine and Covenants 14:7 give us some insight on what we should be doing to work out our salvation.

We need to “wake out of sleep” or shake off our apathy and actively pursue our salvation. We need to repent of our sins and be ready to meet our Lord at all times. We need to keep the commandments and stay steadfast in the church to be exalted.

In Romans 12-13 Paul gave much counsel that leads to salvation. Each of the following verses list what Paul taught would help lead to salvation:

  • Romans 12:1 – Give our bodies to God. In other words stifle our passions and work in service for him.
  • Romans 12:2 – Renew our minds or be spiritually reborn.
  • Romans 12:9 – Love sincerely. Shun evil. Cling to good.
  • Romans 12:13 – Be hospitable.
  • Romans 12:16 – Be humble.
  • Romans 12:21 – Overcome evil with good.
  • Romans 13:1 – Be obedient to God.
  • Romans 13:3 – Follow good leaders. Be good leaders.
  • Romans 13:8 – Stay out of debt. Love everyone.
  • Romans 13:9 – Do not commit adultery. Don’t kill. Don’t steal. Don’t lie. Don’t covet. Love everyone including yourself.
  • Romans 14:1-13; 15:1-3 hold the answers to these questions:

What cautions did Paul give about judging?
·            Everyone is different; we all have the power to choose what we want for this life. We should not judge those who choose differently than us. It’s is the Lord’s right to judge us, we should reserve that right for Him.

People may have different opinions and practices, but what is most important to remember?
·            We are all given agency. We all have the power to choose. We should help our fellowman with good works, not try to tear them down.

What additional insight comes from reading Doctrine and Covenants 38:25-27?
·            We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We should treat everyone equally.

The term Paul commonly used to refer to the members of the church was “the Saints”.

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