Day 3 Read: Romans 1:24-25
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Reflect: As a consequence for people’s failure to accept the truth, how did God respond (vv. 24, 26, 28)?
What two wrong actions did the people take in verse 25?
Consider: God’s wrath mentioned in Romans 1 is not an active outpouring of divine displeasure but the removal of restraint that allows sinners to reap the just fruits of their rebellion. F. Godet writes that God “ceased to hold the boat as it was dragged by the current of the river.” God has “abandoned them to impurity.” Moral degradation is a consequence of God’s wrath, not the reason for it. Sin inevitably creates its own penalty.3
Respond: Why would someone worship something created, rather than the Creator? What are you most tempted to worship other than the Creator?
3 Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 80–81.