Wednesday, September 15, 2010

......according to what he has done.

God will give to each person according to what he has done.  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.  There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.   For God does not show favoritism.  All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.  For it is not those who hear the law who are righeous in God's sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
Romans 2:6-13

The writer of these verses, Paul, wants us to know that we can not earn eternal life.  We know that eternal life is a gift from God when we choose to accept it.  Allen and I have taught our children that for each decision they make, there are rewards or consequences accordingly.  They may not reap the rewards or consequences quickly, but they surely will eventually.  Those of us who trust God will want to do good and will do good.  We know that no amount of good deeds, however, will earn us everlasting life.  When we choose to obey God's will for our lives, we discover a life of peace that surpasses understanding.  Yes, there will be turmoil and heartache in this life, but remember, it's temporary (the turmoil, heartache and this life).  When we allow God's truths to become woven and embedded into the fabric of our lives through regular and faithful time spent in His Word and in the company of other believers, we will better understand how to live according to His purpose for our lives.  Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do and do it without expecting praise or reward.  Do the right thing when you see no one around you, and be assured that our Heavenly Father knows all and sees all.
When I sat down to the computer this morning, I had no clue what would be the message for today.  I asked God to tell me what I'm supposed to tell you.  I opened my Bible and it open up to the book of Romans.  These verses I've shared with you today are the ones that God has led me to share with you.
Have a good day!  Be good and do good.  Love, Nan

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