Passage: Romans 12:9-21
Verse: Romans 12:9 (NIV 2011)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Today’s passage is about the “DOs” and “Don’t” of love in action. In addition to reading that love must be sincere and that we are to Hate what is evil and cling to what is good, we read that we are to do these things also [vs. 10-16a]:
- Be devoted to one another in love
- Honor one another above yourselves
- Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord
- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer
- Share with the Lord’s people who are in need
- Practice hospitality
- Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse
- Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn
- Live in harmony with one another
Sounds like a blessed life to me!
This passage continues to tell us what we should NOT do. We are told [vs. 16b-19a, 21]:
- Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position
- Do not be conceited
- Do not repay anyone evil for evil, instead be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone and if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
- Do not take revenge
- Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
May you rejoice in doing… and not doing… those things that are written of in Romans 12:9-21. May we, in doing these things, be blessed.
(inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)