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LIVING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE

February 12, 2014

Wednesday

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

 

EXAMPLE

Some folks make you feel at home. Others make you wish you were.

– Arnold H. Glasow

 

LESSONS

Paul speaks about our relationships toward each other as brothers and sisters in the Church. As a Church – a body consisting of many parts with different functions – we must be there to offer support to one another. When we cling to that which is good we open opportunities for each other to use our God-given talents to the glory of God’s work.

Genuine love is the deepest theme in this section of Romans. At a more surface level, there is a theme of good and evil that operates throughout this text. Notice how “hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good” follows immediately after the opening title of “Let love be genuine.” Then the good and evil theme is explicitly mentioned at the end of the text: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” . This helps us see that genuine love is not just being nice to people. Genuine love has a moral orientation toward the good. When we show love toward someone, we are moving them toward God’s goodness. To love someone is not simply to cater to specific likes and dislikes of that person. It is rather to act toward them in ways that help them experience more of God’s goodness.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 18:15

 

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