Archive for July 28th, 2008

How Should One Live?

July 28, 2008

Last week in my philosophy class we started the section on ethics which addresses the question of how one should, or ought to, live.  I felt inspired to preach on that topic Sunday from Romans chapter twelve and wanted to share the basic principles on my blog.

We should live our lives as a living sacrifice, not conformed to the world, but transformed by the Word and the Spirit into the people that God both calls and enables us to be.  ( vv1-3 )

We should live our lives using our gifts to serve God’s kingdom.  We all have gifts and abilities that are given to us by God.  As we live for God, we will find that He has a wonderful plan and purpose for our lives.  ( vv3-8 )

We should live lives of love and godliness.  We should show the people around us, both Christian and non Christian, the love of God.  We should “abhor evil and cling to what is good”.  We should not repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good. ( vv9-21 )

This is, of course, a simplified approach, the actual working out of details becomes more complex, but I believe that this outline provides basic principles by which one ought to live.