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)
“9 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.”
Christian love requires action. It is God’s desire that believers in Christ demonstrate their Christianity. Does the list above characterize our walk with Christ? If not, we might need to ask God if we are missing something.
How to Treat Outsiders (12:17-21)
“17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. ”
* Present your body a living sacrifice
* Be not conformed to this world
* Renewed mind
* One body, many functions
* Christian responsibilities
* Treat others well
We need to allow God to work in us and then allow Him to work through us to minister to the lives of others. During the upcoming weeks, we have an opportunity to tell our friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers about the birth and life of Jesus Christ. It is our responsibility to clearly convey why Jesus birth was so special, unique, and life changing.
May God give us fruit for our labors.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001