Reflecting on God’s Word …

Really Love …

Romans 12:9-16 NLT

[9] Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

[10] Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

[11] Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

[12] Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

[13] When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

[14] Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

[15] Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.

[16] Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

Reflection

These words are blunt and shoot straight to the point. We are to do everything we can to love others. Why all this exhortation to love others so much?

Focus on Really Loving:

  • Really love others
  • Hold on to what is good
  • Have genuine affection
  • Delight in honouring one another
  • Serve the Lord enthusiastically
  • Rejoice in Hope and be confident
  • Keep on praying
  • Be ready to help God’s people, eagerly practice hospitality
  • Bless and pray for persecutors
  • Empathize with others
  • Live in harmony

Guard yourself:

  • Hate wrong
  • Stop being lazy
  • Don’t curse others
  • Don’t be proud
  • Don’t think you know it all!

Loving others is a reflection of our attitude and posture of heart. If we are really loving others and putting it into practice then this list is not hard at all. In fact, these things should come naturally. Loving others is a response of the gratitude we have for all that God has done for us. We can depend on Him for strength. We draw our joy and love for others by getting to know the Lord more.

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