Romans 1:18-32 – September 3
We are spending six weeks in the book of Romans. You can read the NIV version below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study as you grow in your relationship with God. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry or prayer requests in the Comments section on our website.
Romans is a letter to the Christian church in Rome written by the missionary and apostle Paul. God must have revealed to Paul the importance of the church in Rome. Their church was a mix of Jews and Gentiles who probably got into some pretty heated debates over theology. At the time of writing this letter, Paul had not yet visited these Christians, but he shares the basic tenets of the Christian faith in his letter as building blocks to the health of their church.
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Romans 1:18-32 – God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
God Deprivation | Becky Newman
Verse 28 – Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
The world Paul describes in today’s reading sounds oddly familiar to our world, doesn’t it? It’s scary to see God’s perspective here. As we continue sinning and rejecting Him, pulling further and further away from Him, He gives us up to our sinful nature, and we downward spiral deeper into a nasty sin-filled cesspool. Paul calls this a “depraved mind” (verse 28), God-depraved. Doesn’t sound like a fun place to be, nor a fun place to spend eternity. We have no excuse for not believing that God exists because He is visible in everything we see that He created (verse 20)–I like that reasoning! Why deprave ourselves of Him?
Regular repentance and drawing near to God will help me not to become God-depraved.
God, I seek You daily by reading Your Word, journaling, and praying, in hopes that I won’t downward spiral into my sin and deprave myself of You. Please help me to continue to humble myself before You and repent, that my mind would be filled with You rather than depraved of You.