Romans could arguably be the most examined book of the New Testament, second only to the gospel of John. At least for me it has been so.
As I read through the epistle to the Romans, more slowly this time, I picked up again on something I noticed before. This time I took a bit more opportunity to scrutinize it.
What always catches my eye is how the Apostle Paul structured the passage in Romans 12:9-21. Upon reflection, it reminds me of, in our time, what we would call “post-it” reminders. Those little notes we may attach to our refrigerator doors or a post-it board for easy memorization reminders.
Each verse is one “sound-bite” which can stand alone. However, when assembled, they all become a relatively comprehensive passage of love-in-action guide for us to practice in our daily lives. Doing so helps us work with God as He continues to develop our character toward holiness in Christ.
Is it possible he wrote them this way with we-of-the-texting-generation in mind? Of course, it is possible mankind’s general nature to be easily distracted hasn’t changed since the first-century church.
Isn’t the Lord amazing? He dictates not only to the most minute detail what He says, but how His message is structured in delivery. And much more, He does this from Genesis to Revelation!
So, below I have crafted and displayed the individual verses in single “post-it” forms as an example of my meaning above. I coined them “Paul’s post-its.” ~G.W.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
[a]Romans 12:16 – Or willing to do menial work
[b]Romans 12:19 – Deut. 32:35
[c]Romans 12:20 – Prov. 25:21,22