Live In Love Jan. 08-06 Romans 12:9-21
As I write these words I am visiting my daughter in Melbourne Florida. We came down to see everyone, and watch our grandchildren in their Christmas programs. Our presence adds to all of us enjoying the joy of living in love. My wife and family have taught me much about love, and I can say in joy and thankfulness, I Live In Love.
1. Genuinely . . Live In Love. 12:9
A. Genuinely not . . Synthetically. 12:9a
9 Love must be without hypocrisy.”
B. Genuinely with . . Submission. 12:9b
“Detest evil; cling to what is good.”
If love really saturates our lives we must genuinely and not hypocritically or
Synthetically appreciate it, and demonstrate our love in return. If we are submissive to the Lord and His Word we will cultivate love in our life as we turn away from evil and cling to the good;
2. Generously . . Live In Love. 12:10-12
A. Abounding . . In the Generosity of Love. 12:10
10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another
in showing honor.
B. Aggressive . . In the Generosity of Love. 12:11
11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.
C. Attentive . . In the Generosity of Love. 12:12-13
12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with
the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.
People, who love in a godly manner, abound in a generosity of love. It proceeds from proper family relationships, but even if we were not blessed with the best examples in our families, God’s family and His Word can make up for what one may have lacked. In my home while growing up we did not tell one another “I love You.” My wife encouraged me to tell Mother I loved her and give her a kiss. Mom, at first, was a little backward about those kisses but changed to where she looked forward to a hello and good-bye kiss, and the words, “I love you.” The text encourages us to be aggressive in the proper expressions of love. We must also cultivate attentiveness in the expressions of love. Do you tell people you love them?
3. Gently . . Live In Love. 12:14-16
A. Gently through . . Blessing. 12:14
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
B. Gently through . . Believing. 12:15
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Be in agreement
with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Do you think you can be used to bring a blessing? God blesses, but He may choose us to carry out the individual blessings. Most of the time offering a blessing rather than a cursing can be very helpful. Just rejoicing with a person who is rejoicing or weeping with a person with reason to weep may be a great blessing. I make a habit of asking people who experience great sorrow what human activity helped them. They usually tell me that someone tried to share his or her sorrow. Many times our presence is the most meaningful thing. Humanly speaking what caused the blessing? Just being there listening, and perhaps weeping; this is gently living in love.
5. Graciously . . Live In Love. 12:17-21
A. Graciously Live In Love by . . Trying. 12:17
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone's eyes.
B. Graciously Live In Love by . . Tranquility. 12:18
18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
C. Graciously Live In Love by . . Trusting. 12:19
19 Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is
written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord.
D. Graciously Live In Love by . . Triumphing. 12:20
20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. 21 Do not be
conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
If people think they cannot help others to live in love they can at least try. Positively this may mean not doing evil. Trying to do good might give us the experience we need to share in times of need. This kind of trying may very well give us the tranquility to share more. Have you ever been Misjudged by a person, and tried to make it right? Suppose your actions are not accepted? Just do what you can, and trust the Lord. We must trust the Lord that vengeance is His, not ours. He promises to repay. In this lifestyle we will ultimately triumph. How? Because we tried to Live In Love. Amen? Amen!