Let Love Be Genuine
(Background: Romans) We’re looking at Romans chapter 12 verses nine through 21.
chapter 1 says there are people we all know who have rebelled against God and are doing obvious obviously wrong things.
Chapter 2 says you who judge those people are just as guilty as the people who are doing those things.
Chapter 3 emphasizes we all are sinners in need of a Savior, and that savior has come to bring us righteousness apart from the law.
chapter 4 tells how this salvation in Christ is accomplished by the same faith that Abraham had when he believed God
chapter 5 celebrates the peace we have with God and talks about the love of God demonstrated in Christ
chapter 6 says just the fact that we are saved is no excuse to keep on doing wrong
chapter 7 tells us that by ourselves we don’t have the ability not to do wrong. It describes the experience Paul had as a Pharisee.
chapter 8 says that in Christ we are given that ability and there is no condemnation
chapter 9 asks: what about Israel?
chapter 10 Says blindness in Israel happened so that all the nations can be saved
chapter 11 says still, what about Israel? and affirms the promise that God’s mercy is for all.
Then we get to chapter 12 which is where we start to get the question, “now that we have it, what are we going to do with it?” This begins with an appeal, not a command, by virtue of God’s mercies which are outlined in all the previous chapters, that we present ourselves to God physically as our worship. The first part of chapter 12 talks about how each of us has a place and a part in the body of Christ; just as the body has many members, so each of us has a particular function. we all need each other.
and now we come to the part we’re going to talk about today, Let love be genuine: I wanted to call this “how to live as a persecuted minority,” because this is the situation of the church to whom Paul is writing this letter.
Today’s Message: Let Love Be Genuine
12:9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
12:10 Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
12:18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
12:20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”
12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Individual members in one body (1-8)
Let Love Be Genuine: A practical guide to living in love (9-13)
- Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good
- demonstrate mutual affection
- outdo one another in showing honor
- Keep going
- Help people you know
- Show hospitality to strangers
Let Love Be Genuine: How to be a persecuted minority (14-21)
- *Bless, don’t curse, those who mistreat you (14)
(that means say good things about them, not bad things)
- Be open to how others feel (v. 15)
- Practice humility (16)
- Control your reactions (17)
- Pursue peace (18)
- Never get even (19)
- Be Consistent (20-21)
Let Love Be Genuine: Overcome Evil With Good
(two lessons from Romans 13)
- Respect civil authority (1-7)
- The law of love (8-10)
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
To finish the outline of Romans:
- chapter 14 explains how not to judge
- chapter 15 tells each of us to welcome one another, whatever our differences in background or associations
- chapter 16 includes personal greetings and a warning against division.