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Who will render to every man according to his deeds

Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, and honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.

Romans 2:6, 9-10

God tells us in verse 6 that He is going to “render to every man according to his deeds.”  He is going to reward us according to what we have done with our lives and our time.  Verses 7-10 go on to give us a detailed account of what those rewards will be.  We are going to concentrate on verses 9 and 10 today.

In verse 9, we find the “rewards” of the man that “doeth evil.”  That man is going to get “rewarded” with tribulation and anguish.  If you spend your life doing evil, you will find only tribulation and anguish at the end.  That is not a pleasant thought.

In verse 10, we find the rewards of the man that “worketh good.”  That man is going to get rewarded with glory, honour, and peace.  Those things sound much better than the things listed in verse 9!  We all want to get to the end of our lives and find glory, honour and peace and here we are told exactly how to get them: we need to do good.

We can also notice a more subtle difference between the two.  In verse 9, we see the rewards of the man that “doeth evil.”  In verse 10, we see the rewards of the man that “worketh good.”  I think there is a lesson for us here.  Doing evil is natural for man.  We don’t even have to try to do evil.  Doing good, on the other hand, is sometimes work.  In fact, it is often work.  We naturally do evil, but have to work at doing good.  The question for today is this: are we working at doing good or are we simply doing evil?

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