What do you see? Romans 1:18-32
God‘s Wrath on Unrighteousness
18 For (AJ)the wrath of God (AK)is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be (AL)known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, (AM)have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they (AN)became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 (AO)Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and (AP)exchanged the glory of(AQ)the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore (AR)God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to (AS)the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for (AT)a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, (AU)who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason (AV)God gave them up to (AW)dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, (AX)men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, (AY)God gave them up to (AZ)a debased mind to do (BA)what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know (BB)God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things (BC)deserve to die, they not only do them but (BD)give approval to those who practice them.
Have you ever looked into a mirror and saw something you did not like? Your first reaction is disbelief followed by action to remedy the problem. But what happens when someone approves of the flaw? What happens when someone tells you that nothing is wrong? The thing that once upset you becomes okay and normal. What once disgusted you, you now that pride in. This one thing leads to more things that are wrong, that you now accept. Your reality changes to fit your new view of normal all to fit your inaction and acceptance of the unacceptable. Once the normal stops accepting you, it is now the normal’s problem and not the fact that you need to change. Now normal is wrong and you are right all because you want to be wrong and desire others to accept error as the new normal. You surround yourself with people who will approve and encourage you to accept your view. Truth loses its meaning as you now change the “truth” to fit your view.
Unfortunately, Christians seem to envy them as they see to have it all. Their lives seem to be lacking problems, struggles, sufferings and regrets. We don’t see God taking his hands off of them allowing them to continue on their path unimpeded. Just as those who don’t love their children, do not correct their children. God does not rebuke those whom he has placed his wrath on.
- Romans 1:18-32 (vonnemonai.wordpress.com)
- A helpful tip for the atheists in your life (erikbrewer.wordpress.com)
- When God Gives Up (sabbathsermons.com)
- Romans 1:26-32 (omegaverses.wordpress.com)