Lovely (I)

Romans 12:9-21, ” 9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

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

 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
   “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
      if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
   In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Usually when the pastor is going to preach on love, he does not open the Bible to Romans chapter 12. It’s alot to break down, so let’s get started …

“love must be sincere…” – Sincerity is the virtue of one who speaks truly about his or her own feelings, thoughts, desires.

“hate what is evil, cling to what is good…” – Hatred is an intense feeling of dislike. We are to tightly hold onto that which is good.

“be devoted to one another in brotherly love…” – Devotion is strong or fervent affection. Brotherly love is also referred to as agape love, which compells Christians to care for each other and unbelievers without any expectation of reward.

“honor one another above yourselves…” – 1.) Be respectful and 2.) Don’t have a ‘me first’ attitude.

“never be lacking in zeal…” – Zeal is fervor or tireless devotion and being determined to carry on.

“keep your spiritual fervor…” – It bears repeating in another way, doesn’t it? 

“serving the Lord…” – If we remembered that we were serving the Lord with everything we do, it would be much easier to be zealous in His cause.

“be joyful in hope…” – When you’re expecting something good to happen, you should be happy about it.

“patient in affliction…” – Keep your head about you when you’re suffering, bear with it a little while longer.

“faithful in prayer…” – Talk to God with an expectation of what you’re asking for.

“share with God’s people who are in need…” – Help out other Christians, don’t just stand idly by.

“practice hospitallity…” – Regularly welcome, recieve, host, and entertain others.

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