February 6th, 2007
A flock of geese can fly many times further together than any individual bird can fly by itself. A remarkable principle of economics is that a group of people each of whom is relatively poor can become relatively wealthy if they co-operate with each other and one specialises in farming, while another specialises in making clothes, while another specialises in building houses. If each person does all of these tasks for himself or herself, everybody remains poor, but if they co-operate and trade honestly with each other, everyone can become wealthy. But everyone has to be working for the good of the community.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans — Chapter 12
12:1 I encourage you, friends, by God’s mercy, to give your bodies as a living sacrifice, which is holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual worship. 12:2 Do not conform to the current trends, but be reshaped by renewing your thinking, so that you can identify the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. 12:3 By the grace which has been given to me, I tell everyone of you not to think of yourself more highly than you should. Be realistic, according to the amount of faith God has given you. 12:4 Just as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 12:5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of each other. 12:6 Our gifts differ according to the grace that was given to us. If your gift is prophecy, use it in proportion to your faith; 12:7 if it is service, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 12:8 if it is encouragement, then encourage; if it is giving, give generously; if it is leading, lead eagerly; if it is showing mercy, do so cheerfully.
12:9 Love must be genuine. Hate evil. Hang on to what is good. 12:10 Love each other with brotherly love. Honour each other more than yourself. 12:11 Stay enthusiastic and keep your spirit on fire while serving the Lord. 12:12 Rejoice in hope, persevere through troubles, and keep on praying. 12:13 Give to needy believers, and show hospitality. 12:14 Bless people who persecute you; bless, and do not curse. 12:15 Rejoice with people who rejoice. Weep with people who weep. 12:16 Show goodwill towards each other. Do not be proud, but associate with the humble. Do not be arrogant. 12:17 Do not retaliate with evil for evil, but consider what is good in the eyes of everybody. 12:18 If possible, as far as it is within your control, be at peace with everyone, 12:19 not seeking revenge, beloved, but letting God’s wrath happen. It is written, “Vengeance belongs to me, I will repay, says the Lord.” 12:20 So, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. In doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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