I’m actually going to miss you.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.Romans 1: 26-32
Today once again marks the end of a winding stretch on the Romans Road. This whole process can be quite a slog, especially at the beginning of each month when we dive into a new chapter, but the bookends of each month can be both exciting and nostalgic. We’ve spent a lot of time in Romans 1. We’ve read it aloud every morning this month (or close to it); we’ve listened to it twice a day this month (or close to it); and we’ve even tried to memorize it! (I know, that’s the whole point of this blog, but this month was a bit of a struggle in that category.)
And today we wave goodbye to this rich chapter that reminded us so much about the human heart, about sin, about idolatry, about God’s nature, about righteousness. So, yes, I’m a little nostalgic.
But I’m also really excited to dive into Romans 2 next month (and wait until you see the memory techniques up my figurative sleeve).
Make the most of today
As you read chapter 1 today, try to visualize everything Paul is saying. Bask in the word. As you try to memorize the above verses today, think about how to apply the verses to your daily walk with Christ.
Savor your time in Romans 1. And then rest up tomorrow (if it’s your sabbath), because March is gonna roar in like a lion.