Romans Lesson 23 Day 2

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3. Love others well.

Marks of a true Christian surrendered to God as a sacred, living sacrifice–

Love others well, and don’t hide behind a mask; love authentically. (Voice)

[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing) (AMPC)

 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. (MSG)

Put others before yourself.

Try to oudo yourselves in respect and honor of one another. (TPT)

How might remembering help you obey these commands? Romans 12:1-2

 

4. Let love be sincere; without hypocrisy.

The type of love Paul describes is sincere, without expecting anything in return.

Be kind and show affection to each other. Practice good manners.

…much of what masquerades as “love” in the Christian community is laced with hypocrisy and must be demonstrated against. (Guzik)

It’s okay to hate evil because God hates evil. It causes destruction to people and families.

We must love others with patience, rejoicing in hope instead of results. That means our eyes are on their eternal destiny, not carnal things.

In some ways, it is often easier for us to either abhor what is evil or cling to what is good rather than doing both. The godly person knows how to practice both. (Guzik)

The world’s view of love is often tainted by the following:

Lust

Greed

Selfish needs and ambitions

Lack of commitment

5. The world does not reverence, fear, or worship God.

Proverbs 8:13 AMPC The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.

The world does not reverence, fear, or worship God. Its view of evil changes to suit demand.

To fear the Lord is to hate evil.

Proverbs 13:5 TPT Lovers of God hate what is phony and false, but the wicked are full of shame and behave shamefully.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 Believers should rely on God’s wisdom and timing in all decisions knowing our emotions and desires can lead us astray. The world acts and reacts without consulting God. Evil leaders exploit and murder their own people.

Isaiah 61:8 God loves justice. He hates stealing and any type of wrongdoing. Excuses like, “I stole that lamb so I could offer it as a burnt offering” don’t excuse the theft. The false pretense makes it even more loathsome.

God’s justice requires Him to faithfully restore His people double for their suffering.

Since God loves justice and hates injustice, God’s people should too. 

Evil demands its own way, feels entitled to something for nothing, thinks it’s okay to cheat and steal, then rationalizes its behavior. 

Some leaders and those in the legal system take bribes, overlook their friends’ misdeeds, misuse funds and generally pervert justice. They believe their position and power give them the authority.

Amos 5:15 God shows mercy to His people. That’s why He put all our sin on Jesus who took the punishment we deserved. 

Evil often ignores cries for mercy. Killing someone who doesn’t agree with their “right” to sin, seems justified. So does killing an unborn and unwanted child.

Luke 14:26 AMPC “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters—[yes] and even his own life also—he cannot be My disciple.”

The Apostle John, who was present when Jesus spoke these words, later revealed that loving our brother is essential to true salvation (1 John 2:9, 11; 3:15; and 4:20). This is simply saying that in comparison to our love for God, our feelings toward ourselves and others ought to be far less. Many people have become co-dependent on others instead of God. This is commanding just the opposite. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)


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