Romans 12 challenges us to live for Christ. We must present our bodies as living sacrifices, no longer live for the world, remember that we are part of the body of believers, we have specific responsibilities as a believer, and ultimately how we treat unbelievers.
Christians Love and Fellowship with Other Christians (12:9-16)
“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”
God has given us gifts. He expects us to use them. We may use our gifts to love others, do good, preferring others before ourselves, hardworking, serving God, rejoicing, patient, giving, blessing others even when we have been persecuted.
How has God gifted you? Are you allowing God to use you to lead others to Christ, bless others, meet their needs, pray for them, or simply love them?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001