Romans 12 again…

Romans 12:9-16 is the focus for this week…

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!

Oy. Can I start making a list on where I fall short on the exhortations from this passage?

No. Not productive. It’s not about self-flagellation, it’s about being intentional for the places and spaces where I can exercise this spiritual “muscle.”

It is hard, especially when you perceive that someone is being unfair, unkind or arbitrary, to “really love” someone. It’s hard to “honor” them. Yet I think the key to being able to achieve some semblance of living out God’s love is in the very last phrase –

“…don’t think you know it all!”

It’s that quality of humility, of teachableness, of intentional caring and serving that I want to reflect more clearly. It’s remembering that I need to show I am the Face and hands of God. One without the other doesn’t cut it. It makes a caricature out of Christianity instead of a living, breathing example of God. False humility is quickly picked up by those who observe and report on faith in life, as well it should be.

So if I am going to live in a way that honors the God I claim to serve, then I’m going to keep that little verse fragment in my hip pocket…

“…don’t think you know it all!”


C'mon. Say something! But play nice. All comments are moderated.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.