Regarding verses 23 through the end of the chapter, what stands out to me is what people have done...It's Christmas time and I have just returned from the mall. As I read how folks have exchanged the worship of the ever-living God for man-made things, I am reminded of the exchange this time of year for the man-made elf and 8 tiny reindeer. If I have one more "brother" or "sister" ask me about "Santa", I think my head might explode. (Sorry, that was a literary tactic (hyperbole, not a lie, lest I get in trouble with Romans myself.))
The Word continues with God letting people go to do whatever their hearts desired...vile, degrading things...again, the mall experience comes to mind and the public displays of perversity. What is so sad is that many believe the lie that they are not doing anything wrong as long as they don't hurt anyone else. Given some of the behavior, I bet their mothers would be hurt...I bet in time, some of them or their partners in lust will recognize their hurt. Even sadder is that some of them are doing it and they are hurting right now. How can we as the operating Body of Christ miss loving on these people...even within our own walls?
How am I careful to curtail my words, my looks and my posture to ensure that I do not resemble the condemned?
How do I encourage the way of the Wise? God-loving attitudes? Mercy? Obedience? Truth?
How prepared am I to confront these activities and point to Christ?
Do I look like the opposite of these words? Would outsiders agree?
Lord, help me to love in truth, to yield to You for sanctification sake and to be careful for the sake of Your Very Great Name.