Christian Characteristics of Sincere Love. Concerningâ€¦
Evil: abhor it Good: bond to it Honor: esteem one another Diligence: not lazy or hesitant Motivation: boiling over The Lord: bond-service Hope: with rejoicing Tribulation: with patience Prayer: constant Christian needs: sharing in them Love of strangers: aggressively pursue
Bless persecutors. Rejoice with rejoicing ones, weep with weeping ones. Live in harmony â€“ not proud, but with the lowly.
Behavior Anchored in Theology (12:1-2)
Characteristics of Our Passage (12:9-16) Practical High expectations Bullets for love Apostolic Application
Sincere Love & Brotherly Affection (12:9-10, 12-14, 16) Called to be tenderly loving, kindly affectionate to â€“ real feeling ALL believers - our corporate witness. Practical Steps Start small Pray for the Spiritâ€™s power Be humble Prefer one another Remember they are family Participate in their needs Pursue hospitality â€“ know them
The Indispensability of Diligence & Fervency (12:11) There is urgency in doing Godâ€™s work â€“ get psyched It is freeing to be the Lordâ€™s bondservant Diligence is not optional, but varies with lifeâ€™s stages/seasons At you at your bandwidth? Fervency enables diligence. What are you enthusiastic about?
A Test of True Love â€“ Rejoice & Weep (12:15) An extension of loving others as yourself The greater difficulty of rejoicing Combating your selfish Amidst your morning Itâ€™s about family favor, not fairness Be honest, be sensitive, be sincere