Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1 – 2, New International Version)
Theme: Rejoicing and Thanksgiving
Yesterday we reflected on the need to study the Bible to increase our knowledge of who God is, recognizing that our inclination to rejoice and give thanks is linked to the image we have of God. Through the excellent contribution of those who commented we were able to reflect on some important biblical images of God that inspire rejoicing and thanksgiving.
Today we acknowledge the fact that our attitude towards rejoicing and thanksgiving is sometimes conditioned by the world, not the Bible. We are subject to powerful influences in our social and professional circles, the media, and academia. These influences are not always biblical.
Bible Study Passage:
Our Scripture passage reminds us of the need for a renewed mind that does not conform to worldly influences. Please study the passage and respond to the question below.
Think about the way society in general relates to rejoicing and thanksgiving. Can you think of some ways that Scripture conditions us to think differently?
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