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Romans 12 in Action
Jesus commanded His followers to “go into all the world” to preach the Good News (Mark 16:15). He knew it would not always be easy. In Romans 12:9-21, the apostle Paul offers guidance to those who want to follow Christ, whatever the cost. Read below about some people in India who followed the Bible’s instructions.

Be patient in tribulation (Romans 12:12)
Two years ago, about 1,500 Bible college graduates met together in Rajasthan, India. The Bible students knew the cost of following Jesus in their state and country. Reports say that radical Hindus in the state of Rajasthan have said they want to get rid of all the Christians in the area. The students stood side by side and made a pledge. Here is part of the pledge:

  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my hands to serve all mankind.
  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my feet to spread the gospel to all the ends of the earth, no matter the cost.
  • I take a stand to honor the Lord Jesus Christ with my lips by proclaiming the Good News to all who hear.
  • I surrender this body on earth to the perfect will of Jesus, and should my blood be spilled, may it bring forth a mighty harvest of souls. As a soldier of the cross, I stand with the apostle Paul in stating that, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

The students kept their pledge. Former students from the college have started 11,113 new churches in India! Angels in heaven rejoice about all the new people coming to Christ (Luke 15:10), but many radical Hindus do not rejoice. In February 2005, a Hindu mob attacked 280 students who were on their way to graduation at the college. The students were beaten, robbed, and forced to return home. They continue to proclaim Christ and to bring others to Him.

Bless those who persecute you (Romans 12:14)
Pastor Cinaraj, his wife Mercy and their children live in India’s state of Kerala. In Kerala, there are more Muslims and Hindus than Christians. A mob of Hindu and Muslim radicals attacked Pastor Cinaraj in April 2005. While the attackers were beating him, Cinaraj knelt down and asked God to rescue him and to forgive his attackers.

The pastor had to go to the hospital to get treatment for his injuries. After he returned home, five of the men who had attacked him came to his house. Pastor Cinaraj and his family wondered if the men came to hurt them, but they invited them into their home. Surprisingly, the men asked for the pastor’s forgiveness! Pastor Cinaraj talked with them for five hours and led them all to the Lord! Christians are praying God will protect the new Christians and use them to greatly further His kingdom.

Feed your enemy, give him a drink…. Overcome evil with good (Romans 12:20,21)
Raju, a boy in India, was in eighth grade when he and his mother gave their lives to Jesus. Raju’s father was a Hindu, and he did not want any Christians in his family. He was often unkind to his wife and son.

When Raju grew up, he began to spread the gospel in a city in India. He had great joy sharing the love of Jesus with many who had never heard of Him.

One day just before Christmas, Raju got a message from his father and brother. They wanted Raju to come visit them in a nearby village. (By this time, Raju’s mother had passed away and was in heaven with Jesus.) Raju said goodbye to his Christian friends and set out. But when he got to his father’s house, he was not welcomed. Because of his faith in Christ, Raju’s father and brother beat him up. His father said he did not want Raju as a son anymore.

Raju returned sadly to the city where his Christian friends comforted him and treated his wounds. He knew they were his family now. A few days later, Raju went to see a Christian lady who was baking Christmas cookies. “Would you make a plate of cookies for me to send to my father?” asked Raju. The lady gave Raju a plate of cookies, and he soon had them sent to his father.

It would be wonderful if Raju’s father and brother opened their hearts to the love of Jesus. Do you think that would be more likely to happen after Raju repaid their meanness with kindness?

Read Romans 12:9-21, and think about ways you can put your faith in action. Pray for persecuted Christians in India and around the world.


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