Today's passage could be considered pretty upsetting. We learned that unrighteous people really have no excuse to not believe and reject God. We learned that the reason they will not believe is because they willingly suppress the truth. We also learned that this rejection of God resulted in sinful man being left to his own devices and enslavement to sin. We learned that sinful man is given to their own debased minds which allows them to honor and celebrated the sins that are listed in this chapter (Does this help us to understand why people in the world today are fighting for "rights" for those who do the things listed in this chapter?).
So where is the joy in this? Let me direct you to 1 Corinthians 6:11. After giving a similar list of characteristic sins in unrighteous man, Paul reminds the church, "and such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." Sometimes we forget that this list of sinful acts in Romans 1 (and 1 Corinthians 6) describe us too! If you are a follower of Jesus today, it should not define you now, and it should define you less and less as God works in your life to conform you into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).
Praise God for His work of grace in our lives to love us and show us His grace and mercy. It it was up to us, we would willingly suppress the truth...BUT GOD! He showed His love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans 5:8).
Praise the Lord for His grace today.