With What Do You Agree?
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:29-32)
Paul does not pull any punches in the first chapter of Romans. When he described those who decide to do things they know are against God’s nature, he does not depict that they are a little wrong. Instead, Paul wrote they have allowed themselves to be filled with all unrighteousness.
Rebellion against God’s nature opens your life to consequences that are the opposite of God’s plan and purpose. Sickness, catastrophe, pain, and death have never been a part of God's plan for His children. Still, He has given us the right to make decisions – even bad ones – that can bring us negative repercussions.
This list of unrighteous behaviors listed in Romans 1:29-32 could have been written last week. They are not indicative of only a first-century audience, but they perfectly depict the world today.
When Paul wrote about those who knew the judgment of God, he was referring to Christians, churchgoers, and students of the Scriptures. He wrote that Christians who do nothing more than wink at sin would receive the same consequence of those living in sin. Believers should agree with God and turn from evil - both with our physical bodies and expressions of consent.
Practical Application – Agree with God, not sin. Choose God’s way, not the world’s.
Ephesians 5:3; 2 Timothy 3:1