Week 20 Romans 12:9-21
Please listen again to the sermon of June 4, re-read Romans 12:9-21 and on your own, or better still, join with one of our small groups during the week and consider these questions, as together we dig deeper.
- Paul begins with the word “genuine” in this passage. Why is being genuine so important, especially in the world we live in today?
- What do the three imperatives in verse 9 have in common? Why are they so important in setting up a life of love?
- How can we love people who are hard to love and still be sincere?
- Divide the 12 to 13 imperatives in verse (10-16) into 2-3 basic categories. Now define love in a Biblical sense.
- What are we supposed to do to those who are hostile against us? (vs. 17-21) What are our motives?
- Look at the following inventory and ask yourself, “Where am I strongest? Weakest? Area that I need to work on most right now?
Þ Love the unattractive people but with repentance and sincerity. (v.9)
Þ Love but don’t make the person an idol who leads you to allow him/her to sin or you to sin. (v.9)
Þ Love with dogged affection over the long haul, no matter what. Stay loyal. (v.10-12)
Þ Love by making people feel honored and valuable. Listen and show utmost consideration to those around you. (v.10)
Þ Love by being generous in a practical way with your home, money, and time. (v.13)
Þ Love without bitter ness. Don’t pay back or hold resentment against others. (v.14)
Þ Love with empathy. Be willing to be emotionally involved with others. (v.15)
Þ Love with humility, Be willing to associate with people who are very different than you. (v.16)
Þ Love by not avoiding hostile people, but planning appropriate kind and courteous