Romans 13:9 (As Yourself)

04 Nov Romans 13:9 (As Yourself)

Let’s welcome God today by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (, which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17

The commandments…are summed up in this saying, [namely] “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9 (full readings)

Living Faith snippets: “Today St. Paul gives us a summary of the Ten Commandments in one sentence…It’s so simple and clear. Or is it? It’s the “as yourself” I sometimes have difficulty with. “As yourself” indicates that we must indeed love ourselves. If we hate ourselves or even look down on ourselves, then we will find it next to impossible to reach out to others with a gracious and sincere love.” by Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

Steve’s Thoughts: We are faced with a difficult time in our nations history…please pray for our leaders as they will determine the fate of millions of lives with the health care reform and the public abortion funding that it entails. I’d like to bring your attention to two new links in the “Counter-Culture News” section. The first is a powerful story about the recent conversion of a prominent Planned Parenthood director upon witnessing the death of a baby on an ultrasound…she tells how her superiors were pressuring her to increase profits in a tough economic climate by getting more women in the doors for abortions. The second link is a way we can bring our congressmen/women’s attention to the matter at hand and let our voice be heard. Please consider forwarding this link to others.
Faith Challenges: Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6) to join our LIFE Group (~250 of God’s children).
* Don’t get caught up in the self-serving philosophies of our culture (i.e., individualism, hedonism, and materialism); true happiness comes from serving others.
* NEW: Take action on the issues of publicly funded Abortion in the health care reform bill and let your voice be heard today. Consider adopting an abortionist in prayer and pray for their conversion.
Counter-Culture News: LifeSiteNews, American Family Association, Priests for Life
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife Truth to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16) and setting the unborn free!
*NEW: Abortions Still Alive In Obama-Care…take action and let your voice be heard before it’s too late!
Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, refugees, addictions, persecuted believers, Peters family (JP in hospital), Lynn Bishara (for son Alex), Joe Hourigan (for brother Mike), Doug Young (special intention).
* NEW: Beth O’Connor requested prayer for her husband’s father (poor health) and her Aunt Linda DePalma (breast cancer). Let us pray…
Faith Quote: “What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when he caresses us, and to be cold immediately once He afflicts us. This is not true love. Those who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart.” ~ St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque
Through Christ our Lord,
Romans 12:2

* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, pornography, bitterness, criticalness, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead a friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service (Matt 28:19).
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