Romans 12:9-21 (NRSV)

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;

10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. a
12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; b do not claim to be wiser than you are. 
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; c for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 
20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:12 (NRSV)

12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.                            

DEVOTION – Faye Rots (Queensland, Australia)

I turned on the tap, but no water came out.  I ran to check the pump in the shed.  It was still working, but a pipe had broken.  Gushing bursts of water had covered the shed floor and water was flowing away, wasting  a valuable resource.  By disconnecting the power I was finally able to turn the water supply to the large storage tank that was draining into the now muddy backyard.

Being securely connected is important in our relationship with God.  To maintain healthy spiritual lives, we need to be connected through Christ in prayer and then maintained and nurtured by God’s word and the Holy Spirit.  If one link in this connection is broken, the precious flow of God’s Spirit in our lives and our abilities to care, to love, and to be strong in faith may be drained away by the corroding circumstances of daily life.  In such times our connection to God can sustain us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How can I nurture my relationship with God?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to be disciplined in our time with you so that we remain securely connected to you in prayer, word, and spirit.  Amen.