Romans 12: 9-16 – What it means to me…

Posted: December 3, 2009 in Christianity
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From the New International Version:  9. Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  10. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  11. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  12. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  13. Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality. 

14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  15. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  16. Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with those of low position.  Do not be conceited.

Point 1.  Paul writes that love must be sincere and brotherly, while hating what is evil.  Clinging to what is good so that God’s influence in our lives may never fade away.  To me this says to love everyone regardless of what they have done to us.  Regardless of whether the person is someone we really don’t care for or someone we can just tolerate.

This is something I have a hard time with, but it is a training work in progress.  Honoring (respecting) everyone above ourselves.  To me this says placing others feelings above our own.

Point 2: Paul writes never to be lacking in zeal or fervor in serving the Lord.  To me this says to be energetic and excited about serving such an awesome Lord.  How can someone be on fire for Christ when the church is dry as dust? 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  To me this says that no matter what the problem always trust in the Lord that He will provide for you for today and forever.  Sharing with God’s people and hospitality go hand-in-hand.  Helping others who need it and welcoming others into your home as if they lived there.

Point 3: Bless those who persecute you, being sure not to curse them.  This is hard for anyone to completely understand or accomplish.  This says to me to lift prayer up to God for those who come against you so that maybe they may see God’s graces.

Rejoiceing and mourning with those who rejoice and mourn to me says be happy and sad with those who need the companionship.

Point 4. Harmony, pride, and the willingness to associate with those of lower position goes hand-in-hand with one another.  How can someone feel welcome when we practice none of these things? 

Do not be conceited.  This could mean pride, arrogance, or being a know it all.  This drives people further from Christianity more than anything.  We as human beings just don’t know everything.

These are my interpretations, respond if you want to or give your thoughts.

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