26 April 2016

Romans 12:5-16

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are." (vv. 14-16)

Psalm: Psalm 78:1-7


There is something in these words that makes me think of water flowing over the earth...

Water that runs over rocks and always finds a path, flowing around obstacles. Water that always finds the lowest way, filling the crevices and holes of the low places before flowing on. Without changing its elemental simplicity, it shapes itself around the reality that it meets. It is led inexorably onwards by the governing force of gravity.

Like water we can flow, both spontaneous and in touch with reality and the 'low places'. As we flow, we flow in compassion for the joy or sorrow in other people we meet. We can overcome the obstacles of persecution and hurt by the flow of forgiveness.

Led onwards by the governing force of God's will, as water joins in harmony with water as it journeys on, so we can join with others in love.

And as water always (eventually) reaches its ultimate destination in the oceans, so we will reach the infinite ocean of God's eternal love.

To Ponder

  • What stops you from flowing?
  • Consider your life as a journey of water. What times were the tranquil pools and where were the ranging torrents? Where do you discern God in this?

Bible notes author

Dave Webster

Dave Webster works for the Connexional Team as internet communications coordinator. He is responsible for this website www.methodist.org.uk and other internet-based projects for the Methodist Church.