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Love One Another – Please!

Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Some have had bad experiences growing up with family and some with church life. I talked to someone Tuesday that had a very bad experience with family and with the church.

Some of us aren’t sure how to love one another because we didn’t have a good model growing up. Some of us have a hard time showing love – even to those whom we are supposed to love. Growing up – if your home was void of expressions of love – it is something you had to learn as an adult (or still lack). Loving one another is not as easy as just saying the words.

I grew up in a loving home. I had a father and mother at home who loved each other and expressed that love – or modeled that expression of love – for their children. Did any of us grow up with siblings? I grew up with an older sister and a younger brother. We loved each other and still do today (mostly – LOL). Love was modeled for me growing up so it is easier for me to love others (though not easy – just easier).

Our home wasn’t an ideal or perfect home but it was a very good one. We had love for each other and expressed it often. We had my paternal grandmother living with us for much of our growing years (she was widowed at a very young age) – and she loved me – pouring her love into me at the absence of her husband (I was a baby).

How was your home life? I ask because today’s passage – calls us to be devoted to one another in love. In the Phillips translation is says it this way. Romans 12:10 – Let us have real warm affection for one another as between brothers, and a willingness to let the other man have the credit. (Phillips)

We are called to love one another as we love our family members. This only works if we had a loving home life – which I pray most of us had. Loving one another like family is what we are called to do in the church family. Wanting nothing but the best for each other. Wanting to sacrifice ourselves for the benefit of others.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Romans 12:9–21 – Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in 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 the Lord’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 everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear 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.

Let us practice loving one another and thinking of others before thinking of ourselves. Let us express the love of Christ to one another! Let us love one another – please!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

November 8, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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