Started reading the bible again today! Decided to start at Romans and that we should work our way through the New Testament in order (at least for the next few chapters) as it seems like a lot of sermons use teachings from these couple of books.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. –– Romans 1:21
This verse reminds us to always glorify and give thanks! It is not enough just to ‘know’/’believe’ Him and to just follow the word. Instead, we should try to change our mentality and behaviour such that we can always give thanks and glorify Him whether it is through prayer, thoughts in a day, our language, our worship and our behaviour. Not doing so would be like falling into a trap which will render us futile, foolish and even darkened!
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. — Romans 2:1
This verse is quite typical, but we often forget about it in the midst of our everyday lives and interactions with others. We must remember not to judge someone for their sins because, as this verse says, we are practically condemning ourselves as we’re not perfect. The mentality of judging is that we place ourselves at a superior position because someone has done something wrong. But as we are all sinners, judging others is hypocrisy. However it is we feel about someone’s sins – whatever negative thoughts there are – the same is applied directly unto ourselves as we are as impure.