Romans 12:14 “Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them”
Not easy to bless when you want to curse! So, when faced with someone who has mistreated you, ask God to do for them what you want God to do for you. Push through, for love is of God.
Romans 12:13 “Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality”
The word “contribute” is a verb derived from koinonia meaning “to share with others”. One level is to feel with those who are hurting and in need, another level is to open our pockets and give towards the need. Lets be generous
Romans 12:12 “Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer”
Love must be patient in the good times and in the challenging times. Patients will produce a stronger you and a closer relationship with God. Chin up and knees down.
Romans 12:11 “Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord”
Paul's words have nothing to do with how loud we sing or how much we clap or whether or not we raise our hands when we worship. Paul is challenging us to put as much effort into our Christianity as we do into our works.
Romans 12:9 “[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good”
Love hates evil! Often we think of love as an gooey-gooey emotion that causes us to lose our sense of right and wrong, but far from it. Love is a decision. Make the right decision today, decide to love.
Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another”
President Ronald Reagan had this saying on his desk in the Oval office: “There is no limit to how far you can go if you don’t care who gets the credit” Lets radiate an un-selfish life.
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1 Corinthians 13:4(KJV) “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily” Romans 12:9 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good”
Let us love from the center of who we are and lets not fake love.
1 Corinthians 13:3 “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”
This verse deals more with the heart than what the gift is. Size does not matter if the heart is not in it. Lets put our heart into action and love our neighbours as ourselves.
1 Corinthians 13:2 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”
Often when a gift is given, the smile on the giver is much bigger than on the one receiving the gift. Let my giving bring a smile and not just be an act of looking good.