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Romans 2:23

"You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?" (NASB)

"Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?" (KJV)

"You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it." (NLT)

"You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law!" (NET)

The attitude displayed is the one for which the Apostle Paul warns against in Romans 12:3, not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought.  He again exhorts us in Philippians 2:3 to treat others as more important than ourselves.  We often speak with a forked tongue saying one thing and doing another thus breaking the very convictions we proclaim.  It was not that long ago that a well known man fell from grace for this very reason.  He was the president of a national organization and a pastor of a mega-church.  Without God's Grace we all would fall into the same trap.  The question is that of our attitude!  Is our attitude that that was in Christ Jesus?

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.  Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you.  And now that I am away, it is even more important.  Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him." (Philippians 2:5-13 NLT)

Or are we clinging to the notion that we have some kind of claim to prerogatives and perquisites?  If the Lord Jesus Christ did not cling to his position, then who are we to try to cling to anything?  If Messiah humbled himself to a criminal's death on a cross, then what kind of condescension is required of us who call ourselves His disciples?

There is hope!  "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him."  Saint Augustine said, "Love God and do what you please."  If we love God, then those things we do will be the manifestation of His perfect love!  If on the contrary we try to live the Christian life in the power of the flesh then we "dishonor" the very God we say we serve by our thoughts, words and deeds!

G818
ατιμα?ζω
atimazo?
Thayer Definition:
1) to dishonor, insult, treat with contempt
1a) whether in word, deed or thought

Dear Heavenly Father the day approaches when we celebrate the birth of your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Emmanuel (God with us), Jehovah-hesua (I am Salvation), the Prince of Peace, Lords of Lords.  The Magi traveled far following your sign in the sky before them because they recognized the magnificence of this event.  Yet I fear that we who call you Lord and Savior have fallen short in our obedience to your Word and have not lived a life that is worthy of our calling.  I pray for penitent hearts that we as a nation would turn from the path we trod and return to the "way of holiness," the "ancient way" for we know that Jesus is "the way."  I pray for the patriot this minute "who more than self their country loved."  I pray that you would cuddle their families into your bosom and surround them with your love because their absence is felt greater during this yuletide season.

Romans 2:23

"You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?" (NASB)

"Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?" (KJV)

"You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it." (NLT)

"You who boast in the law dishonor God by transgressing the law!" (NET)

The attitude displayed is the one for which the Apostle Paul warns against in Romans 12:3, not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought.  He again exhorts us in Philippians 2:3 to treat others as more important than ourselves.  We often speak with a forked tongue saying one thing and doing another thus breaking the very convictions we proclaim.  It was not that long ago that a well known man fell from grace for this very reason.  He was the president of a national organization and a pastor of a mega-church.  Without God's Grace we all would fall into the same trap.  The question is that of our attitude!  Is our attitude that that was in Christ Jesus?

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross.  Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you.  And now that I am away, it is even more important.  Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him." (Philippians 2:5-13 NLT)

Or are we clinging to the notion that we have some kind of claim to prerogatives and perquisites?  If the Lord Jesus Christ did not cling to his position, then who are we to try to cling to anything?  If Messiah humbled himself to a criminal's death on a cross, then what kind of condescension is required of us who call ourselves His disciples?

There is hope!  "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him."  Saint Augustine said, "Love God and do what you please."  If we love God, then those things we do will be the manifestation of His perfect love!  If on the contrary we try to live the Christian life in the power of the flesh then we "dishonor" the very God we say we serve by our thoughts, words and deeds!

G818
ατιμα?ζω
atimazo?
Thayer Definition:
1) to dishonor, insult, treat with contempt
1a) whether in word, deed or thought

Dear Heavenly Father the day approaches when we celebrate the birth of your only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Emmanuel (God with us), Jehovah-hesua (I am Salvation), the Prince of Peace, Lords of Lords.  The Magi traveled far following your sign in the sky before them because they recognized the magnificence of this event.  Yet I fear that we who call you Lord and Savior have fallen short in our obedience to your Word and have not lived a life that is worthy of our calling.  I pray for penitent hearts that we as a nation would turn from the path we trod and return to the "way of holiness," the "ancient way" for we know that Jesus is "the way."  I pray for the patriot this minute "who more than self their country loved."  I pray that you would cuddle their families into your bosom and surround them with your love because their absence is felt greater during this yuletide season.



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