Romans 2:12-29: Beyond the Surface
By Sarah Morris
How often do we say we know the faith, know the Bible, know what is right and wrong and yet, not really do what we know is right? In this passage, Paul says that the Jewish people had the law down and memorized. But, were they really doing right if the belief didn’t match the action of what they believed? I have recently returned from Israel, and I have seen the interaction between people of different faiths. And I have also seen some people who claim to be of one faith act in a way that is contrary to what they believe. It made me wonder what they really believed. This happens all around us every day. But, there are many people who are genuine and authentic of their faith, and they live what they believe.
So, we need to strive to have our actions reflect what God is doing in our souls. Of course we are not perfect; we are human. But we should be consciously aware that what we do is a window for others to see what we believe. Sometimes this window gets kind of smudged or dirty, and it is hard to see through. But if we rely on God, and give ourselves fully to Him, He will shine through us. That is how I want to be—so filled with the Holy Spirit that my faults will not cast a shadow over His love. I want the law of God, the law of His love, to be written on my heart, branded and etched deep into my soul and my very being. My faith needs to be who I am—not a mask that I can throw on once in a while.