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Transformed Romans 12:2

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 12:2 NIV

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.

Romans 12:2 The Passion Translation

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12: 1-2 NRSV

 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:2 NLT

 Strictly speaking, the written Word of God is never directly referred to in the Bible as bread.  Rather, the term bread of God refers specifically to the Person of Christ.  This fact is emphasized in the sixth chapter of John, containing the Lord’s discourse on the Bread of Life in which He alludes to Himself as the Bread fourteen times.  Two verses illustrate this usage clearly:  “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (v. 33).  “I am that bread of life” (v. 48).  Nevertheless, three times in Scripture we read of the Word of God being contrasted with natural bread in such a way that their similarities are also highlighted.  In Deuteronomy we read Moses’ message to the children of Israel:  “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” (8:3).  And the Lord Jesus reiterates those words to Satan at the time of His temptation in the wilderness:  “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4; similarly in Lk. 4:4).

https://www.gbcurbana.com/GraceNotes/tabid/122/ID/41/THE-WORD-OF-GOD-BREAD.aspx

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know betterdo better.”

Maya Angelou

To care means first of all to empty our own cup and to allow the other to come close to us. It means to take away the many barriers which prevent us from entering into communion with the other. When we dare to care, then we discover that nothing human is foreign to us, but that all the hatred and love, cruelty and compassion, fear and joy can be found in our own hearts. When we dare to care, we have to confess that when others kill, I could have killed too. When others torture, I could have done the same. When others heal, I could have healed too. And when others give life, I could have done the same. Then we experience that we can be present to the soldier who kills, to the guard who pesters, to the young man who plays as if life has no end, and to the old man who stopped playing out of fear for death.

By the honest recognition and confession of our human sameness, we can participate in the care of God who came, not to the powerful but powerless, not to be different but the same, not to take our pain away but to share it. Through this participation we can open our hearts to each other and form a new community.”

Henry J. M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude

 “Learn to sit amongst the weeds with God as Gardener, not the self.”

Teresa of Avila

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