My husband has been preaching through Romans for the past year or so, and we are closing in on the finish line. Yesterday was chapter 16, verses 17-20, and here are a few highlights.
Paul tells the brethren to avoid those who cause division. In other words, divide from the divisive, which at first glance may seem inconsistent. But God’s way to peace is by crushing the head of the serpent, not by calling for a group hug with the serpent.
We are to be simple when it comes to evil and wise when it comes to good. When it comes to the devil’s kindergarten class, we are to be the kind of students who can’t figure out how to hold the crayon. We are to avoid evil with a very simple revulsion. But when it comes to learning righteousness, we are to be in graduate school because we have asked God to bruise the serpent’s head in us.
We are to keep it simple: love God, hate sin, read the Bible, love our neighbor, and trust in Jesus. Love the good people and fight the bad people, just like God does.