Think of Yourself - Part 4
The command “do not” can save us lots of grief if we obey them. Common natural “do nots” are “Do not Touch. Do not open. Do not tell. Do not eat. Do not drink.”
The DO NOTs of Romans 12:16-21 also will save us lots of grief.
- Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. This warning is to keep you from exalting yourself as “pride goes before a fall”. The TV program “Undercover Boss” features the owner of a company entering his business as a lowly worker looking for a job opportunity. The employees do not know the disguise so their true thoughts of the company are revealed. Those who are too proud, find themselves face to face with their boss. Our heavenly Boss is testing us too. “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.”
- Do what is right in the eyes of everyone. Everyone is watching you—Christians, non-Christians, atheists, the worldly, and even the insane. Do what is right by God’s standard which should be your standard.
- Do not be conceited. A conceited person has excessive pride in his own value. He believes he is the only one who knows or can do the job. He believes he is the best and lets everybody know it. There is always someone better, richer, more talented, wiser, and smarter. It better to let others recognize you than you advertising yourself.
- Do not repay evil for evil. As soon as you do evil, you come into agreement with it. As soon as you agree with it, you are an enemy of God. You cannot out do evil nor should you want to. God is big enough to take care of evil himself.
- Do not take revenge. God can do a better job of bringing justice and executing his wrath. Let God be God.
- Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. This one is easier said than done, but not impossible. To be overcome means to lose your footing and stability. If you participate in evil, you are giving it power to overcome you. However, if you constantly practice good, good will become established in you and grow larger than life thus overcoming evil around you.
- Do live in harmony with one another. Living in harmony means to live in respect to others so that their contribution to your family, community, city, or country can bring inner calm together. Harmony is the combination of tones or contributions that complement one another.
- Do live at peace. To live at peace means to live in peace with yourself and those around you. Jesus is the Prince of Peace not “Prince of compromise.” Jesus did not compromise with the Devil.. He defeated the devil and his works. We are to defeat the devil in our lives and stand in the presence of the Prince of Peace.
Examine yourself and live like a Romans 12 Christian.