Be Affectionate One To Another

Romans 12 10

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Be Kindly Affectioned one to another!!!

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Romans 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

In the book of Romans we’ve seen the great mercy of God towards us. Even though at times we have not loved him as we should, and turned away from him. At times become useless, He has loved us and set us free from sin and paid our debt so that we might live with Him.
Now it’s only logical that we would offer ourselves as living sacrifices to Him as we become more and more like Christ, functioning as one body, and serving each other as He’s gifted us.
Our love is to be genuine and not pretend.
Now, before we get too far into the command, let’s talk about how God has made provision for us to obey it. Back in Romans 5:5:
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
You see, when God saved us, He set His Holy Spirit in us and now He bears fruit through us. At one point before salvation, we weren’t just lacking in righteousness; we were abounding in wickedness!
But now we’ve been saved, and we have a new nature—we still have our old nature which hates and strives, but we also have our new nature which loves and forgives and rests. As believers we can walk by the Spirit or we can walk by the flesh;
Galations 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galations 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But the command to love with genuine love isn’t too hard for us because our love is the result of the Spirit’s work.
Remember we do have a free will. We can do what we want, we will stand before our father one day.
You might think there’s someone here you could never love, and I’ll say that as long as you walk by the flesh, then you’re right: you can’t. But because the love of God is poured out into your heart by His Spirit, and since the fruit of the Spirit is love;
Galations 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galations 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galations 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Galations 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
You can obey the command since nothing is impossible with God;
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

But I’m not talking about just trying to think positively or trying to convince yourself that you love someone.
Galations 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galations 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galations 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
The idea is that when we walk by the Spirit and sow spiritual things, then we’ll reap the benefits of the Spirit. How do we love people we might otherwise hate? Walk by the Spirit!

This is walking by the Spirit.
And by the way, when a person really loves the brethren, that’s a sure sign of genuine salvation. If you want assurance of salvation just look to see whether you love these fellow saints or not: I Jn. 2:9-11:
1John 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
1John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
1John 2:11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

So because of these great mercies of God, and because of all He’s done for us, we offer ourselves as living sacrifices and we have a genuine love. We also, abhor ( To abhor means to be horrified of something or to shrink away from it. We don’t look on evil with interest, but instead we shrink away from it as we might from fire); that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Stay away from the things our Lord hates.which are:
Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Deuteronomy 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Deuteronomy 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

To abhor it is to not only keep our distance but to look on it with horror and disgust. Most of us wouldn’t do the things we see on TV, but plenty of us are willing to watch others do it. We’re interested in seeing them curse and swear and fornicate and murder and steal, but we feel like it’s no big deal because they’re just actors, and the story is interesting.
We shouldn’t just keep our distance from it; we’re to abhor it. We’re to shrink back in horror and run away. Throw out all that garbage. Get rid of the things that glorify the flesh, and “cleave” to that which is good.
We’re to have a tender affection for each other as brothers. We don’t show favoritism, but we give preference to each other over ourselves or take delight in honoring others and not ourselves.
This is what it means to become servant of all or to be last of all. There’s no room for pride or arrogance, and there’s no one left out. There’s no malicious sarcasm or gossip or bitterness.
We don’t tear each other down or insult each other. When we’re angry or wronged we approach everyone in gentleness and love.
What makes other saints happy should make us happy. Of course this follows the command to hate evil, but anything good that causes happiness ought to be cause for celebration. We’re not supposed to be jealous or envious, and we won’t be if our love is real.
This is to live in harmony. It doesn’t mean that we agree on everything or that we’re always thinking the same thing, but when we disagree we do so in gentle love. I see that in our church; I see an obvious brotherly love and gentleness and harmony.

#1- The love that comes from within us is as real as the love of God towards us. Christianity is marked with real change. It’s not something that we pretend to do or force ourselves to do. The change within us is real, and it affects every part of our lives.
#2- True love hates evil. God is love, and love is from Him. Love that rejoices in or allows evil isn’t really love at all because it’s not from God. When we love, we do it in truth and purity.
#3- As one body we provide for each other’s needs without prejudice.
#4- As believers we have to drop our pride and forgive and repent.

Love One Another as Christ loves Us!!!

 

ISN’T THE LOVE OF JESUS SOMETHING WONDERFUL
There will never be a sweeter story
Story of the Savior’s love divine
Love that bro’t Him from the realms of Glory
Just to save a sinful soul like mine.

Isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful
Wonderful, wonderful
O isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful
Wonderful it is to me.
Boundless as the universe around me
Reaching to the farthest soul away
Saving, keeping love it was that found me
That is why my heart can truly say:

Isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful
Wonderful, wonderful
O isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful
Wonderful it is to me.
Love beyond our human comprehending
Love of God in Christ how can it be?
This will be my theme and never ending

 

 

 

Great redeeming love of Calvary.

Isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful
Wonderful, wonderful
O isn’t the love of Jesus something wonderful
Wonderful it is to me.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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