He didn’t do that because He just felt an impulsive urge to do something nice for us. It’s difficult to know how to outline verses 9-21 and to divide it for preaching. Andrew Thornton, OSB "Vorrede auff die Epistel S. Paul: an die Romer." The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. However, the church in Rome was not the result of the work of any one particular person. The papers were in the process of being finalized. But it involves our emotions. Finally. Thus far the Apostle has been laying down very general precepts and principles of Christian morals. She wasn’t sure how God really views gays and lesbians. Depending on Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and delight in whatever is kind and useful. Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference (to one another in honor (NASB: Lockman). Visit BibleTrack on Facebook. That’s easily said and hard to practice! Bob, a middle-aged salesman, was on a business trip in another state. Keep rehearsing and practicing those verses, so that you can possess them for the rest of your life. If you’re just looking out for your own interests and trying to manipulate the situation for your own benefit, you’re not practicing biblical love. In fact, those are often the most difficult wrongs to deal with! Commentary on Romans 12:9-21 View Bible Text Just as Paul cannot help breaking out in poetic tribute to love in his famous love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13, after beginning the subject of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, so also he does the same in Romans 12. And, while verses 17-21 mainly apply to relationships with those outside of the church, most of us have been wronged by someone in the church. Read Alford's fascinating brief biography and Phil Johnson's related comments. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor ….” The theme of love actually runs through verse 21. It never endorses, aligns itself, or encourages in others attitudes or behavior that is evil. 5:22-23). , your love to each other as children in the one family of God. 1. Romans 12:8 : Romans 12:10 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Romans 5:8 puts it, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ had to die to pay the just penalty for our sin that we deserved. Motivation—Finding Your "It" Yes, You Have Spiritual Gifts. THE CONTEXT Romans 12:1-8 establishes the foundation upon which 12:9-21 is built. She tried to read the Bible to find out what it said, but couldn’t understand it. God offers a full pardon and complete justification as a gift to all who will trust in Jesus Christ (Rom. NLT: Love each other … Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Am I growing in sincere love from the heart for my family, my fellow believers, and the unbelievers that I know and have contact with? 1:9). Romans 8:12-25. Sin always damages relationships. Romans 12:9-10. Chapter 9 brings a slight shift in focus to the Book of Romans. Sincerely ask forgiveness from the one you sinned against (beginning with your mate and kids!). In Romans chapters one through eight, Paul thoroughly convinced us about man’s need and God’s glorious provision in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Love Must Be Sincere—Romans 12:9 Juli Camarin March 1, 2010 Romans 12. But even if such studies exist, they do not refute God’s moral standards, which are not subject to so-called “science.” So if God’s Word is true, then Dear Abby gave the most hateful advice possible, because she did not abhor what is evil and cling to what is good. For example, if His Word plainly states that homosexual behavior is sinful, then it does not change when public opinion polls or a U. S. President say that it is acceptable. The Greek word that Paul uses means “without hypocrisy.” The word was used of the masks used by actors on the stage. Romas 12:9-21 ~~ The verses that follow and conclude Romans 12 are a series of largely miscellaneous exhortations by Paul to the congregation at Rome regarding Christian behavior and belief. They will become essential verses in your heart and mind. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. This commentary covers all chapters in the Book of Romans Translated by Bro. Rather, it is a commandment to be obeyed. So biblical love sometimes confronts sin, rather than just being nice and ignoring sin. Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. 10-13. If you have not experienced God’s mercies in Christ, as Paul spelled out in chapters 1-11, you cannot begin to apply Romans 12:9-21. James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. So how do you command your emotions? 451201 > ROMANS 12:1-21 HERE we enter on the second division of this Epistle, where Paul, according to his accustomed method, enforces the duties of believers, by arguments dependent on his previous exhibition of the grand and influential doctrines of the Gospel.These doctrines, as well as all the commandments of God, may be summed up in one word, namely, in\parLOVE. Paul dictated his letter to Tertius (Romans 16:22). Paul moves from his description of believers as the body of Christ in verses 3-8 to the metaphor of believers as the family of God in verse 10. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Romans 12:9. Abby explained (Arizona Daily Sun, 4/30/2012), “I believe that entrance to heaven is based upon a person’s character, not his or her sexual orientation. And so the Christian life is a constant battle to dethrone self and enthrone Christ. And so all of verses 9-21 apply to love in all of our relationships. in D. Martin Luther: Die gantze Heilige Schrifft Deudsch 1545 aufs new zurericht, ed. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness as we wait. This is the consistent message of the New Testament. When sin entered this world, its immediate effect was to damage relationships. And so the whole thrust of the Bible is to show us how we can and should love God with our total being and love one another as we in fact love ourselves (Matt. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. As Paul says (1 Cor. You may be enabling him to continue an undisciplined pattern of spending on frivolous things. Should we be friends with evil people? An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols. “Give preference to one another in honor ….” The Greek word translated “give preference to” means to lead or go before, thus to set an example. So verses 9-21 spell out in detail what God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will looks like in loving relationships. Rather, His fruit will grow in us: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. At the heart of everything are the mercies of God. Commentary on Romans 12:9-16 (Read Romans 12:9-16) The professed love of Christians to each other should be sincere, free from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. Romans 12:1-2 will become one 12:9-10): “Let love be without hypocrisy. Rather, it embraces what is good in God’s sight: His good, acceptable, and perfect will (12:2). Then we will realize that by God’s mercy, we have been born into His family, along with all others who have trusted in Christ. Rather, he says, “Feelings are always the result of something else, the result, ultimately, of understanding and of thought.” He points out that if we just put on a cloak of feelings which we do not have, it would be sheer hypocrisy. By the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, you can choose to sacrifice your selfish interests on behalf of others with the aim that they will be conformed to the image of Christ (their highest good). How do we grow in this sincere love for one another? Love in Action. Do not go an inch beyond it. But loving those I may not choose as my close friends means that I genuinely care for them and I’m committed to help them be all that God wants them to be. Romans 12:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 12:10, NIV: "Be devoted to one another in love.Honor one another above yourselves." We need to be clear that Paul is not saying that we should set aside our gifts or our knowledge and practice a kind of mock humility where we say, “I’m nothing! Again, when Peter came to Antioch and withdrew from eating with the Gentile believers because of his fear of the Judaizers, Paul openly confronted Peter with his hypocrisy (Gal. When we walk in the Spirit, we will not carry out the deeds of the flesh, which include “enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissension, factions, envying” (Gal. The actor did not necessarily feel as the mask signaled, but the mask showed the role that he was playing. From 1977-1992 he was the pastor of Lake Gregory Community Church in Crestline, California. It is one basis for forming close friendships. 7:5). Why is it important to recognize that love is a command, not a feeling? Some of the masks were happy, others were sad. I say “sacrificial, transformed living” because the commands in 12:9-21 are built on the foundation of 12:1-2. Sincere love for God always spills over into sincere love for others. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Romans: Christian Conduct [Banner of Truth], p. 349) points out that it never works to approach the emotions directly. b. The epitome of “love” with hypocrisy was when Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss (Luke 22:48). Or, you may be contributing to his dependence on alcohol or drugs. Enjoying The Gift Of Relationships. We have suggested numerous verses from Romans that you should memorize (Rom. 1:22-23.). who love good, but do not abhor evil with that indignation which it deserves: who disdain evil, but cherish good more coldly than is proper: who so abhor evil and cleave to good, as that in their case no one can be ignorant of it. 5:20-21a). This love must be holy. If we obey the command without the feelings, are we being hypocritical? God has revealed His holy standards of right and wrong in His Word. But Paul is calling us to sincere love from the heart. By the way, as far as I know, the Bible never commands us to like everyone, but it does command us to love everyone. Tweet "Love must be sincere. J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. Self is the main enemy when we fail to love others. But in the middle of commands that relate mostly to the church, verse 14 interjects how to respond to those who persecute us. 2:11-14). He uses different words to describe this love, either agape or several Greek words based on the root philia that convey the idea of friendship. Of particular note is Romans 12:16–18, where Paul encourages the Romans to “live in harmony with one another.” We should feel closer to a brother or sister in Christ than we do to a relative who does not know Christ. What are the biblical guidelines? The apostle Paul also puts a strong emphasis on love in all of his letters. “Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.” In the Greek text, “abhor” and “cling” are participles that show how love without hypocrisy operates: “abhorring what is evil; clinging to what is good.” In other words, biblical love is discerning (Phil. And they were suddenly estranged from each other. I pray that in our homes and in this church it may be said of us, “They love one another without hypocrisy, abhorring what is evil and clinging to what is good. Rather, the loving thing to do is gently and with compassion, tell the person the truth about his sin and point him to Christ so that he can be saved from it before it destroys him. Liking someone is a matter of our mutual personalities and our enjoyment of similar things. Paul says that our love for one another is not to be a phony mask or role playing, but rather be the real thing. We do not love people who are in sin (whether homosexuality or any other sin) if we overlook or, worse, endorse their sinful behavior. While it may not be in scholarly vogue, let me begin this rather theological article with a hypothetical story. Romans 12:9, ESV: "Let love be … ... (Romans 10:5-13) ... (Romans 12:9-21) 9 Let love be without dissimulation. 7:1), “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.” Jesus is clear that first and foremost, we must judge our own sin before we judge others for their sin. Paul established churches in many cities. In Ephesians 4:32-5:2, Paul writes, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Romans 12:10. Cling to what is good. Your heart motive is to help him grow in godliness. You have probably seen these in advertisements for stage plays in our day. ). If you praise the person to his face and then run him down behind his back, you’re not practicing biblical love. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; Hear this, ye members of the church. Romans: Bible Study and Commentary. Greek: te philadelphia eis allelous philostorgoi, te time allelous proegoumenoi, . Again, this is a command, not a suggestion to try when you’re in a good mood. 4:4-7), 3. This love comes solely from God and stems out of the fact that he first loved us. Then you are not to be conformed to this age, but rather be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you prove in practice God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will (12:2). New International Version Update. In fact, to his utter shock his wife had informed him a few hours before his flight that she was filing for divorce and leaving. The apostle John unmasks our tendency toward hypocrisy in this matter of love when he writes (1 John 4:20), “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” He also says that our love for one another is evidence that we have been born again (1 John 3:14): “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. When sin entered this world, its immediate effect was to damage relationships. 15:10), “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them [the other apostles], yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”. Also, note that Paul doesn’t just say to avoid evil, but to abhor it. "without hypocrisy"-"Your love must be genuine" (Gspd) 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 teaches us something about love. Romans 12:9-21. None of us deserved it. God’s good news is for people from every nation. It must be brotherly. Rather, we must go back to the doctrines that Paul has expounded in Romans 1-11, and to the logical conclusion that he urges in 12:1-2. Lesson 81: Sincere Love (Romans 12:9-10) Related Media. It isn’t automatic. A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Romans. Outwardly, it looked as if he really cared for Jesus, but in reality, he was giving Jesus over to bloodthirsty men who would torture and kill Him. The whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Biblical love is without hypocrisy. The rest of Romans 12:9–13 elaborates on genuine love, in­cluding honor, patience in suffering, perseverance in prayer, generosity to those in need, and hospitality to everyone. Romans LOVE THAT CAN HATE Romans 12:9 - Romans 12:10. And it is a lifelong battle! Before sin they were naked and unashamed in one another’s presence, but after they sinned, they sewed fig leaves together to try to hide their shame from one another (Gen. 2:24, 3:7). Since God hates sin, to be indifferent toward sin is to be indifferent toward God. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”. Although agape and the other words have somewhat different senses, one can overdo the distinctions between them. It may not be for the person’s highest good to dole out money to him, because you may be helping him to continue an irresponsible, lazy way of life. Learn more today! Commentary on Scripture: Romans 12:9-21 Let love be without hypocrisy. a. It is an emotional reaction against all that displeases God. Romans 8:1-11. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871) The New Testament for English Readers Romans Commentary Recommended. She knew that some religious people think that they will go to hell. Romans 12:9(NASB) Verse Thoughts Step by step we have been led through the fundamentals of Church-age doctrine in Paul's letter to the Romans Church - a comprehensive, instructional manual that has been instrumental in influencing the various reformations and spiritual revivals that have taken place throughout the history of the Christian Church. Paul gives in machine gun fashion a series of practical commands, most of which have to do with loving relationships. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. So heartfelt obedience to these commands comes from responding to the teaching of who we are in Christ (Rom. Because of that, some argue that verses 9-13 focus on love in the church, while verses 14-21 deal with loving our enemies. 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