Remember Our Former Struggles – Romans 2:15-16

By Tammy Burke

Do you remember life before you started trusting Jesus?

“They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.” Romans 2:15-16 ESV

We’re reminded again today that our enemy isn’t flesh and blood. See Ephesians 6:12, 1 Peter 5:8. The people who don’t follow Jesus are victims of the enemy, not the enemy themselves. 

When we don’t follow Jesus, or when we’re not listening to the Holy Spirit, our conflicting thoughts either accuse or excuse us. Other translations offer accuse or defend, condemn or approve. Without the Holy Spirit, we’re stuck with this coin-toss. 

But as we listen to the Holy Spirit we end up getting more clear direction. We have access to better info. As a result, we’re not to judge our coworkers or customers or vendors. We’re to give them grace. 

So how can you show grace to your coworkers today? What about listening to them? What about giving them the benefit of the doubt? What about asking God to show you what he appreciates about them? What about doing something to be a blessing to them, rather than only focusing on yourself?

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