If you missed any of the posts I have done on the book of Romans, check my left hand side bar and click the link under Lables that says Romans. That should catch you up to where we are now.
As I said, Romans shows us that God wants us to be aware that not only is He a loving God, but we do need to remember that he will show His wrath against us if we do not obey His commands. God's truth can't be hidden by anyone, no matter how much they try.
(Rom 1:18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness;
God's truth can be seen through all that He has made, that is why it cannot be hidden.
(Rom 1:20) For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity; that they may be without excuse:
We need to keep careful watch on nour minds and thoughts. Pridefulness, vanity and turning away from God can only lead to foolishness and idoletry.
(Rom 1:21) because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened. (Rom 1:22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (Rom 1:23) and changed the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
If we fall into this trap God will surrender us and we will fall into sin. Leaving your mind open to false teachings which go against God's Word can only lead to sin.
(Rom 1:28) And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; (Rom 1:29) being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (Rom 1:30) backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (Rom 1:31) without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, unmerciful:
Being in sin like this or consenting to those that are in such sin can only lead to death.
(Rom 1:32) who, knowing the ordinance of God, that they that practise such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also consent with them that practise them.
I'm really enjoying reading through Romans because it's so full of sound doctrine and straightforward truth. There is no denying God's Word and Paul certainly does not mince his words in getting across to us the expectations that God has for our lives and Christians.
I'll pick up next time with Romans Chapter 2.