I Beseech You

Ray Pechardo
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.


Mercy can be defined as God NOT giving us what we deserved! Because we are all sinners, we are destined to die and spend eternity without God. But God in His mercy has not only given us what we deserved but also gave us what we do NOT deserved which is salvation through Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. In this passage of Scripture, the Apostle Paul was reminding his fellow Christians about what God has done for them and because of that, he made some urgent requests in regards to the duties of the believers.


There are three areas of obligations that Paul begged Christians to do:


1. Because of His mercies, we can live a godly life.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice…

We should be living in obedience to God’s commands out of our love and respect to Him. His mercies have allowed us to enjoy the Christian life and we must constantly choose a life of godliness over worldliness. We owe it to God to live a life that is righteous. By the way, by doing so, we also get to enjoy the benefits of a higher quality of life!

Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;…

2. Because of His mercies, we can live a God-fearing life.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,…

It is a life that is constantly aware of the presence of the Almighty God. It is understanding that we are accountable to Him in all of our actions, words, and thoughts and that everything is open in the eyes of God. A God-fearing life will keep us away from wrong places, inappropriate things, and most of all away from sinful living!

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

3. Because of His mercies, we can live a God-pleasing life.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

As Christians, God has created us for His pleasure. Realizing our purpose will help us live a life that is Christ-honoring and Christ-pleasing. The ultimate goal in this life should be to please Him, so that when we stand at the judgment seat of Christ someday, we will hear those precious words “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

2 Timothy 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Ray Pechardo

Bro Pechardo serves the Lord full-time as our Filipino Pastor, Missions Director, and Soulwinning Director. Ray and his wife Lucy have three children.

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