Bible Study: Love Missing In Action

Romans 12:9-21 -NIV

“9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord
20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

This passage is where the apostle Paul breaks down simple acts of love for the romans.  These simple acts seem to be missing in action not only amongst the church folks, but also amongst people of the world. We do think to highly of ourselves to lend a hand to a brother in need. Instead we judge our sisters thinking and saying, “Well, she got herself into that situation!” This world is in fact an “all about me” place.  The American dream is built off of this premise (in my opinion). Now I’m sure that if you ask the average person they would agree with Paul in the scriptures, that these are the qualities one should possess and show in their lives, but how many of us actually do so?  I know that my first thought when someone does me wrong isn’t to show them love and bless them! I know that I overlook the less fortunate when I come to a stop light, even as much as to avoid making eye-contact!  Our love has to be sincere for one another. This is truly the life that Jesus walked while here on earth.  If we are to be Christ-Like, we have to follow the example that He showed us.  I don’t think that changing our behavior and attitude will be easy, but we have to make that change.  It’s important for the church to be the trend setters in this. For it will easier for the world to follow us and may even entice and bring non-believers into the kingdom. Let’s Love and be sincere about it.

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