Romans 12:9-13 (CEB)
“Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord!
Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home.”
In this passage Paul presents us with twelve identifiers for living the Christian life.
Love must be sincere
In this there is no hypocrisy or ulterior motive. Christian love is cleansed of self.
Hate evil and cling to good
The truth is that what most of us hate is the consequences of evil rather than evil itself. But to find true goodness, we must passionately love honor and seek it with intention.
Be affectionate to one another in mutual love
We must love each other, because we are members of one family. We are not strangers within the Christian Church.
Be the best at it. The mark of the truly Christian woman or man has always been humility
Live your Christian life with intensity and enthusiasm
We must never let the fear of burning out cause us to rust. Live with passion!
Allow the Holy Spirit to keep your spirit at a boiling point
Christians are people who are not ‘lukewarm,’ but on fire for Jesus and desperate for more of Him.
Serve the Lord!
Don’t fail to grasp opportunities to serve Him when they come. I was once told, "There are three things which do not come back—the spent arrow, the spoken word, and the lost opportunity.” Serve Him every chance you get.
Be happy in your hope
Christians must be essentially optimistic! There are no hopeless situations in life; only those of us that have grown hopeless about them. In Christ Jesus there is always a reason for hope.
Stand your ground when you’re in trouble
Have courage. Just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace; we can face anything when we meet it with Christ.
Devote yourself to prayer
When we cease to pray, we rob ourselves of the strength of Almighty God. Persevere in your prayer life.
Share with those in need
In a world intent of getting, Christians are intent on giving, because they know that what we keep we lose, and what we give we have.’
Offer hospitality. A home can never be happy when it is selfish. Christianity is the religion of the open hand, the open heart, and the open door.
- Pastor Chris