"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen...so they are without excuse." Romans 1:20.
People have no excuse but to acknowledge the Almighty as we are surrounded by His creation.
God warns us against being like those who "changed truth of God into a lie, and worshipped the creature more than the Creator." Romans 1:26
I know this is probably not what most people hone in on, but I noticed something in Romans 1:29-31 when Paul gives us this scary list of awful things you could do to demonstrate wickedness such as hating God, being malicious, murder, deceit, backbiting, all the bad stuff. Disobedience to parents is in there too. Here's the thing I think is interesting: he says "debate" in there too. I think the connotation is "strife." But I've never liked debating with people, and maybe it's because the purpose in debate is to be contentious with their views and try to convince them they are wrong. And they're doing the same thing to you. I thought it was because I was not smart enough to handle debate, but maybe now I'm thinking it's good that I don't have that debater's spirit in me, because I really don't want to try to bash anyone else or convince anyone else: I like talking to people like you, who already agree with me. And encourage you from there.
If any convincing is going to go on, it has to be from the Holy Spirit. I think Paul is talking about futile debate that leads to contention, not helpful debate. And I don't think the Lord wants us wives to debate with our husbands. I'm pretty sure it's financial author Dave Ramsey's grandmother who said this: "He convinced against his will, remains an unbeliever still." Maybe it's a good feminine quality, to leave any debating to the dudes in suits in Washington.
Of course if you like debating, then you go girl, I'm not debating that, oh I am so funny it's not even funny.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23
As a mother, I'm tough on my children. My husband and I are good to them (I hope) but we don't take any junk. Try not to anyway. We expect obedience, honesty, moral behavior, gracious speech, responsibility, completion of tasks, we don't let our teenagers date, we don't let them watch whatever they want on TV, we don't buy them a toy every time we take them to the store, we don't go along with whatever everyone else is allegedly doing. These rules are not arbitrary strictness just for fun, they are the things of God that we value and want to instill in our children. We sometimes have rebellion or resistance because of this. We deal with that and call it out for what it is. We don't give up until that child comes around to sanity, which is to say, compliance with our rules. If we never have resistance from our children, maybe there is something wrong; maybe there is nothing to rebel against? "...for where no law is, there is no transgression." Romans 4:15.
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God." Romans 5:1
"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:6
"...where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." Romans 5:20
"...even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4
"Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." Romans 6:12.
Paul says that whatever we obey, that's what we're servants to. "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey..." Romans 6:16
Chapter 8 is chocked full of talk of the Spirit.
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.
Bad news is, unbelievers (let's call them pre-believers) sometimes are heard mistakenly saying that everything happens for a reason, everything works out, everything is for their good. Mm, no. The scriptures tell us everything works for good for those who love God, and who have been called to do stuff for His purposes.
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
"O man, who art thou that repliest against God?" Romans 9:20
Now see? This is why we love the King James version. You just can't beat that way of putting it. Who am I to question? Who am I to reply against God?
"Be not highminded, but fear." Romans 11:20
"Be not conformed to this world," Romans 12:2
And then we have all that good stuff about the body of Christ all working together and some will teach, some will preach, some will create internet websites containing blogs and extremely insightful and clever Bible studies.
"Let love be without dissimulation," meaning let it be genuine. Romans 12:9 And then there's this super cool part that is quoted by pagan dudes in the rest of chapter 12. It's called Desiderata.
"Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21
"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." Romans 14:13
"Whatsoever is not of faith, is sin." Romans 14:23
Wow that's a succinct definition of sin. Anything that doesn't come from faith is sin.