“By The Mercies Of God” (Romans 12: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans

Paul reminds us that God’s mind, riches, wisdom, knowledge, judgments, and ways are unknown, unsearchable, inscrutable. Paul says, “for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11: 36)

Paul therefore appeals to us “by the mercies of God, to present [our] bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is [our] spiritual worship.”

In presenting our bodies to God, we also renew our minds so that we may be able to discern “what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12: 2) We renew our minds through the Word of God which the Holy Spirit reveals to us as we meditate upon it, explore it, study it, pray it.

We are able to present ourselves to God as gifts because of His mercies. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2: 10)

Paul therefore urges us “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1 – 3)

6 thoughts on ““By The Mercies Of God” (Romans 12: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans

  1. Dear Called Soldiers,

    Paul does not suggest that Christians never sin; he means that if we align ourselves with God’s Word, we will sin less. Sin will not master us; we will allow the Holy Spirit to master it in us. The Holy Spirit will dampen sin’s power over us. Amen.

  2. So the only problem that we have is us. We can’t live free from sin because we choose to sin, not because we are crippled by it, but because our hearts are unregenerate. We can stop sinning, but we don’t want to so we are bound not by sin, but our own will.

    1. Our will must be transformed by the Word of God. I believe as we live in the Word, reading it, talking about it, praying over it and in it; the Holy Spirit actively works through the Word to change us from the inside out. But we must stay in the Word. If we drift away, even for a few days, the difference is palpable. When we are surrounded by the Word of God, sin has a much harder time taking root in our hearts.

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