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A Christian's "To Do" List Part 4

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Sermon shared by Larry Sarver

August 2002
Summary: A teaching message on Romans 12:9-21.
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
Romans Series # 52 August 21, 2002
Title: A Christianís "To Do" List Part 4
Website: www.newlifeinchrist.info
Email: pastorsarver@yahoo.com

Introduction: Welcome to New Life in Christ. We are currently in Chapter 12 of Romans as we continue with message #52 of our verse-by-verse study of the Book of Romans.

Read Romans 12:17-21

Opening Prayer

Over the past three weeks, we have looked at Romans 12:9-21, which I view it as sort of a Christianís "To Do" list. This list contains 15 different, and sometimes unrelated, exhortations of things Christians should practice. So far we have looked at 12 of the 15 things on the Christianís "To Do" list, which were covered in verses 9-16. Without any further ado, letís look the 13th thing on the Christianís "To Do" list.

13. Live in such a way that nobody can honestly accuse you of wrong.

I covered the first sentence of verse 17 which says, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil " last week when I shared on verse 14 on how to respond to those who hurt us. I will also touch on the subject of revenge when I share on the 15th thing on the Christianís "To Do" list, which I will speak on later tonight. So for now I will share on the second sentence of verse 17 which says, "Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody."

Paul is not saying that we should let the world set the standard for what is right. Paul is saying that Christians should go out of their way to make sure nothing in their life to seen as wrong, evil, unethical, or questionable behavior for Christian.

13. Live in such a way that nobody can honestly accuse you of wrong.

We rightfully strive to do what is right in the eyes of God. We rightfully strive to do what is right in the eyes of other Christians; after all we do not want to appear unspiritual. Sometimes though we do not concern ourselves enough with doing "what is right in the eyes of everybody." Everybody includes our co-workers, families, neighbors, employers, and the daily contacts we have in personal business such as people we meet while shopping, paying bills, driving, etcÖ Sometimes we seem to forget that the world is watching us and therefore our lives are either going to bring honor or dishonor to Jesus and the Gospel. Our choices and behavior will reflect either positively or negatively upon Christianity. Paul was always concerned the Christianís lives reflect positively on the Gospel. Let me share with you two examples of this from Scripture.

Read 2 Corinthians 8:19-21

In this example, Paul was in charge of a rather large monetary gift that had been given for Christians in need. Rather than be secretive about the use of the money, he went to great "pains" to avoid any negative criticism and to do what is right in the eyes of everybody, i.e. both the Lord and men. He was following the 13th principle on the Christianís "To Do" list.

13. Live in such a way that nobody can honestly accuse you of wrong.
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