Romans 12:10-16

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”

Paul focuses his attention on the Christian life that we live toward those within the community of Believers. How we treat those in the body is a reflection of the character that is really inside us. That, in turn, affects how we treat those outside the body of Christ. As we are “written epistles”, this will be a reflection of Christ.

He tells us, as Believers, to respect each other. It goes back to what he said only a few verses prior, “don’t think of yourself too highly, but instead, prefer your brother in honor”. This is not just in relations, but when you are working, at your jobs and at home, work hard and diligently. Be fervent in doing this and be enthusiastic in serving the Lord. Because of our confidence in Christ, we have hope and can rejoice in Him. Therefore, we must be patient when distresses and trials come our way, and ensure our greatest defense is in place, which is being constant in prayer. We must always seek wisdom, guidance, and strength through a strong prayer life.

One of the most important ways of showing ourselves friendly, and in turn, receiving the blessings of a strong friendship, is through a spirit of hospitality. We can all be hospitable and we must have this spirit toward one another. In this way, you can weep with those who are struggling, reaching out to those who are going through rough times. Also, we can share in good times and have fun with each other and share the joy of serving Christ.

Do your utmost to live in harmony with one another. You can’t do that by being haughty, conceited, and even exclusive. Surround yourself with people who have a realistic view of themselves and live humbly. Do not overestimate yourself.

This is what we must do for Christ, and this is a reasonable service for Him. Live peaceably with each other. Separate from the world, but never neglect your duty within the Body. Be this way among your brothers and sisters.

60-0301 - “He Careth For You”

Don't you care enough to submit your life to Him, to love Him, to go to the streets, to go to your boss, to your neighbor, to everywhere with a sweet, gentle spirit… Separate yourselves from the things of the world and live such a peaceable, sweet life, that others will see Jesus in you. Don't you feel that you owe that to Him? Let's not be ungrateful.

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