Dr. Gilbert Parker
25 November 2012
Life Principles to live by from the book of Romans
In the book of Romans Paul gives us some really helpful tips on how we should live our Christian life. Our relationship with Him and how we treat others. Here are some of the life principles that I would like to follow in my life. The first one and perhaps the most important is I want to live a life that is in obedience to the Lord. I want to have the power and privilege that obedience to the Lord offers. Paul wrote in Romans 8:7-9 “for the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You however are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if in fact the spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” In our culture we are very big in having control over everything. I want to be in control of my life, the master of my fate, and the captain of my ship. But the true power comes when I can hand over that power to God. In order for me to be truly obedient I need to first be able to submit my will to God’s will, having the ability to admit when I do not know what is best for myself. Once I have admitted that I do not know what is best for me I then need to trust God because he does know what is best. Through that trust in Him I then should be obedient to what he tells me to do. If I am obedient to God then my mind will not be on the things of the flesh and I can have the “spirit of Christ” and belong to him. Another principle that I find important is not to pass judgment on someone else, especially when concerning the grey areas of life. Romans 14:4 “who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord will be able to make him stand.” I need to be careful not to condemn my brothers and sisters in Christ...