Romans 2:9-11 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.

Paul continues his comparison between the two different directions people can take with their lives: doing evil and doing good. This is not simply a matter of occasional choices but a matter of faith. What is inside of us will come out in how we live. Doing evil describes the lifestyle of rebellion and sin. This will lead to trouble and distress. A lot of pain in this world can be attributed to people’s rejection of God.  The outcome is predictable. The Bible teaches many things about how sin will lead to a ruined life. It is sad to see families, marriages, relationships, and even physical bodies destroyed because people have rejected the way of holiness. The lifestyle of submission and worship will bring honor and peace. Marriages, relationships, and many other aspects of life will be peaceful and blessed when God is put first. God will treat everyone the same, both Jews and Gentiles. That puts the responsibility on each person to choose which course he or she will take.

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