Scripture:

Romans 12:9 – 12 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.   

Observation:

In Chapter 12, Paul expands on the prior doctrinal explanations of God’s plan to what it looks like to live in response to God’s grace.  Our love is to be real not superficial, loving others like brothers. We are to hate what is evil not straddle it and see how far close we can get.  We are not to be passive, but to give glory to God, serving Him. Celebrate our hope in Christ during times of trial and pray always.

Application:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is truth that is to be understood by believers.  More importantly, I must remember the response to the gospel that calls to live a changed live.  All of the behaviors that Paul lists as marks of a believer were modeled to us by Jesus. Greatest love ever shown, giving honor to the Father, praying without ceasing is how Jesus acted on our behalf.

Prayer:

Father,

Thank you for you love, grace and mercy in sending Jesus to save me.  May I live my response to the gospel daily, by genuinely loving others, passionately serving and pointing towards you.

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