Romans Lesson 23 Day 4

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My answers to BSF study questions

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9. Treat foes with kindness. (George Barker Stevens)

Bless means to “speak well of, praise, thank or invoke a benediction” [wish someone well.] (Strongs)

Note on Matthew 5:44 in SFL Bible about loving our enemies:

The command to love our enemies means much more than simply changing our feelings about people with whom we don’t get along. Rather, “enemy” means “adversary or foe; and refers to those whose actions and words manifest hatred for you: the in-law who will not speak to you, the associate who tried to get you fired.

We are called to love those filled with animosity toward us. Jesus leaves no room for speculation in this passage, commanding love for those who hate, despise, and persecute us. Such love is only possible through the power of Jesus Christ, who Himself loved in that way and now seeks vessels through whom to love again the hate-filled who assail Him as they oppose you. (emphasis added)

King David set an amazing example by honoring and serving Saul who constantly tried to kill him.

I’m asking the Holy Spirit to teach me how to bless the person I mentioned on Day 3.

Luke 6:28 Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God’s blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].” (AMPC)

10. Transformed relationships (TPT)

Live happily together in a spirit of harmony.

Be as mindful of another’s worth as you are your own.

Don’t live with a lofty mind-set, thinking you are too important to serve others.

Be willing to do menial tasks and identify with those who are humble-minded.

Don’t be smug or even think for a moment that you know it all.

I have opportunities.

  • In addition to the person I highlighted in Day 3, I take care of my granddaughters’ laundry. They have more accidents and stains than my sons did at that age.
  • My dad has advancing dementia. Spending time with him is an opportunity to show patience and love.
  • While I visit Dad, I try to love on and encourage his caregivers, thanking them for their hard work and ask how they are doing.
  • I’m on call when my son needs help with the children and when something is going on with my dad. My husband also needs a lot of backup.

11. Pride destroys relationships.

Pride destroys relationships, but humility is the antidote to pride. Humility builds relationships. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:8, “Live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble” (GWT).

Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. (Philippians 2:3 Voice)

Pride makes it difficult to apologize. Humility is willing to apologize.

12. Weep with those who weep.

The ability to show compassion and empathy really is a gift, I think. But we can all learn to do it better.

Most of the examples I can think of fall into the “what NOT to do” group — like just saying, “sorry for your loss.” 

This verse doesn’t say talk to the one who is weeping. It commands us to show empathy and mentions nothing about speaking. Job’s friends did it right for the first seven days, then they messed it up by talking. (Job 2:13)

An excerpt from a great article How to Discourage a Suffering Friend

Having someone listen as I pour out my heart has helped me more than any words ever have. I just want someone to be there. To weep with me. To say they are sorry that things are so hard. To not expect me to have perfect theology. To let me rant. What an amazing gift it is not to feel judged by every word I utter in desperation.

We need to remember there is mystery in suffering. We don’t understand the ways of God. Job’s friends thought they did, which was why they blamed Job for his plight. There are no easy answers in grief. …

Instead, let’s sit with our friends. Cry with them. Support them as they grieve. They need grace to heal.

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 23 Day 4 ~ Romans 12:14-16