ROMANS 1:29 - Berean Lamp memory Verse - (June 3-10)

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The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:

“Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips. ” (Romans 1:29).

Well, in the events of the last week, Romans One has never been more salient. Why do people do bad things? Why do they encourage others to do bad things? What emboldens them to do even worse? We’ve seen a lot of very ugly behavior in the world lately. This is nothing new. It has been happening like this for millennia and God's Word addresses the heart of man.

May our great Father and God grant us wisdom and grace in our witness for Jesus Christ as the Spirit leads us to grow in understanding and applying God's Word to minister to the broken world around us. Even so, Amen.


Other verses to consider:

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

“24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

“26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

“28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:18-32).

 

THERE IS INJUSTICE IN THE WORLD

“Behold, I cry, ‘Violence!’ but I get no answer; I shout for help, but there is no justice” (Job 19:7).

“For the churning of milk produces butter, And pressing the nose brings forth blood; So the churning of anger produces strife” (Proverbs 30:33).

“Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me As a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me, Yet everyone curses me” (Jeremiah 15:10).

“Thus says the Lord God, ‘Enough, you princes of Israel; put away violence and destruction, and practice justice and righteousness. Stop your expropriations from My people,’ declares the Lord God” (Ezekiel 45:9).

DO NOT CHOOSE VIOLENCE IN REACTION

“Do not envy a man of violence And do not choose any of his ways” (Proverbs 3:31).

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).

THOSE WHO CLAIM THEIR VIOLENCE IS RIGHTEOUS

“Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high” (Isaiah 58:4).

THE DANGERS OF STRIFE

“A worthless person, a wicked man, is the one who walks with a perverse mouth, who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, who points with his fingers; Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, who spreads strife” (Proverbs 6:12-14).

“There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers” (Proverbs 6:16-19).

“Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel” (Proverbs 13:10).

“A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute” (Proverbs 1518).

“A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends” (Proverbs 16:28).

“The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14).

“Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife” (Proverbs 26:21).

“Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel” (Proverbs 20:3).

“Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease” (Proverbs 22:10). The scoffer has made himself judge and jury.

“A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good” (Proverbs 16:21).

“I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another, ‘I am of Apollos,’ are you not mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:2-4).

“For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances” (2 Corinthians 12:20).

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

“Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy” (Romans 13:13).

A PRAYER

“Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go around her upon her walls, and iniquity and mischief are in her midst” (Psalm 55:9-10).

“Thus says the Lord, ‘Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place’” (Jeremiah 22:3).

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