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Standard; But Normal Christian Living

Romans 12:14-21


14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. NKJV


Introduction:

Not all that goes on under the banner of Christianity is Christian. Look with me at some standards set for andf By the Christian:


1.         Normal Christian Living Sets . . a Christian Climate

2.         Normal Christian Living Shows . . a Christian's Character. 

3.         Normal Christian Living Substantiates . . a Christian's Conduct



1.       Standard; And Normal Christian Living . .

          Sets a Christian Climate. v 14-15

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.


A.        Charming . . . your Opposition. v 14

            (14) Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not.


B.        Capturing . . .your Opportunity. v 15

            {15} Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

 

Illustration:   Famous liberal minister -- Strong Fundamental Minister went to reprimand

On one occasion a noted fundamental preacher went to straighten out a more liberal minister. His friends asked, “how did it go.” He said you know the man was so kind and gracious I forgot about reprimanding him.


Application:


Standard; And Normal Christian Living . . Sets a Christian Climate.




2.     Standard And Normal Christian Living . .
       
Shows a Christian's Character.        v 16

            16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.


A.     Character without . . . Biase. v 16 a

Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.

 

            1.         [Mind not high things] Do not be unlawfully ambitious to be rich and powerful. Do not shun the poor, courting great men.


B.     Character without . . . Boasting. v 16 b

                        "Do not be wise in your own opinion. "


Illustration: 

The best examples for Christianity is Christians.

                        The worst Example for Christianity is Christians.


Application:


                            Standard And Normal Christian Living . .

                            Shows a Christian's Character.    


 

3.    Standard; And Normal Christian Living . .

        Substantiates a Christian's Conduct. v 17-21

            17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. NKJV


A.    Conduct that is . . Calm (Keep your cool). v 17 a

                        "Repay no one evil for evil. . . .”


B.    Conduct that is . . Credible. v 17 b

            "Have regard for good things in the sight of all men."


C.    Conduct that is . . Conceivable. v 18

“18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.



D.     Conduct that is . . Constructive. v 19-20

19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to

wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."


E.     Conduct that is . . Conquers. v 19-20

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


In view of the fact that God was good to you when you were His enemy (Ro 5:7-8), you should likewise
treat your enemies with goodness. You will thus make them feel a burning sense of shame.
Quoted from Pr 25:21-22.

Seven Duties to Enemies:

     1.    To love them (Mt 5:44; Lk 6:27).

     2.   To bless them (Mt 5:44; Lk 6:28).

     3.   To do good to them (Mt 5:44).

     4.   To pray for them (Mt 5:44; Lk 6:28).

     5.   To lend to them (Lk 6:34-36).

     6.   To be kind to them (Lk 6:35-36).

     7.   To be merciful to them (Lk 6:36).


Seven Examples of Loving Enemies:

     1.    God (Mt 5:44; Lk 6:35; Ro 5:8)

     2.   Abraham (Ge 20:14-18)

     3.   David (1 Sa 24:17; Ps 35:12-14)

     4.   Elisha (2 Ki 6:22-23)

     5.   Jesus (Lk 23:34)

     6.   Stephen (Ac 7:60)

     7.   Paul (Ro 9:3; 10:1)


Illustration::  Biblical Example of David: 1 Sa 24:6-10

                  6 And he said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord." 7 So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way. 8 David also arose afterward, went out of the cave, and called out to Saul, saying, "My lord the king!" And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed down. 9 And David said to Saul: "Why do you listen to the words of men who say, 'Indeed David seeks your harm'? 10 Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord's anointed.' NKJV

 

Application:  Standard; And Normal Christian Living . .

                                                         Substantiates a Christian's Conduct.

Sets a Christian Climate.

                                                                        Shows a Christian's Character.