Love in Action
“9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[a] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
NORTH AMERICANa person’s behavior or manners.
I’m going to “date” myself a bit here. When I was in elementary school, the teachers would not only grade students on subjects, but also on how well they behaved in class and got along with others. It was called “Deportment.”
This thought came back to me this morning as I was reading in the book of Romans. And even though I have not seen a report card in a number of years with a deportment grade on it, I am positive of this one thing…
Our Lord still grades everyone everywhere on the subject!
Therefore, if it is important to God, it needs to be important to us as Christians…
Our text verse above is simple to understand and quite clear as to how we should be conducting ourselves in our Christian journey.
We are to love with sincerity, hate what is evil, and cling to good things. This builds a solid foundation for how we are to behave towards others. Let us be devoted, (committed), to this thought, so that we live it and show it to all other people, for in doing so we are serving both man and God.
May we practice hospitality, and bless those who curse and mistreat us. It is not our place to judge another, (Romans 14:4), nor pay back evil for evil…(1 Peter 3:9). This may be hard for some to do, but it is our Christian duty to try our very best to restrain ourselves from reprisal.
The sincere Christian lives in harmony with people, even those who do evil. We may not agree with their actions, nor participate with them, but we love them nonetheless. Why? Because our Lord and Savior does.
If we do not treat even the sinful with love, whom the Lord has also loved and died for, we disgrace not only ourselves, but our Savior as well, for we are sinners too! This is a very important concept to grasp and live out in our lives as God’s children.
Finally, as we put these basic principles of Godly behavior into practice, let us make every effort to live in a peaceful way with all people…“as far as it depends on us” to do so. This may not be possible to do with everyone, but we must give it our best effort. For as the scriptures say, we will ALL give an account to God for the things we have done in the flesh, (2 Corinthians 5:10).
May we all strive in the coming year and always to do more of the will of the Father. Pray for more of His love and Spirit to come into our hearts. The Lord will provide us His mighty strength if we sincerely ask Him for it as we enrich our prayer life.
Let our light shine before God and all other people in Christ Jesus our Lord!
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