LOVING AND JUST BEHAVIOR/PRACTICING GENUINE LOVE/UNCONDITIONAL LOVE                   

Study Date: 19 Aug. 18 

Scripture: Romans 12: 9-21       

Biblical Date: A. D. 56           

Biblical Location: Corinth

Key Verse:  “let love be without dissimulation.  Abhor that which is evil;  cleave to that which is good.” (Romans 12: 9)

Guiding principle:  Christians are to be loving toward one another.  What makes that love genuine is reveals by the marks of true love as we live faithfully.

OBJECTIVES: 

To consider our personal behavior as the mark of our Christian way of life.

To see a clear picture of genuine Christian love.

To affirm human expression of love for one another.

To accept God Word as the only expression of what Christian life is.

To become loving as God teaches.

To really live according to god’s word.

RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:

1 Corinthians 12: 12-26; Galatians 5: 16-26, 1 Peter 3: 8-12; Luke 6: 27-36; 2 Corinthians 10: 1-5; Romans 12: 1-8.

WORDS TO REMEMBER

Agape—Christian love, unconditional care.

Hospitality—warmth or friendship shown to strangers

Love—good will, benevolence.

Peaceably—being at peace with all people.

Revenge—vindication, getting back at.

TILLING THE SOIL

Identify some of the characteristics of faithful Christians.

What are some things believers ought to give up?

In what sense should believers prefer others?

What made Rome an important place in Christian history?

Why do you suppose Paul wrote this book to the Romans?

THE SEED        LOVING AND JUST BEHAVIOR/PRACTICING GENUINE LOVE           ROMANS 12: 9-21

  1. Called to Love those within our Christian Community (Romans 12: 9-12)
  2. Love others
  3. Serve others with kindness
  4. Shu the evil that comes our way.
  5. Through the tribulations, God gives His children joy.
  6. Prayer is an important part of our being what God wants.
  7. Sharing With Those in Need (Romans 12: 13)
  8. What we have is for us and others.
  9. Others have needs that we can help meet.
  10. God calls us to be hospitable toward others.
  11. Love Relating to Difficult People (Romans 12: 14-16)
  12. Those who do us wrong are to be treated with kindness.
  13. God expects us to bless rather than curse.
  14. We should be of the same mind as Christ and one another.
  15. Our trust and dependence is in God not ourselves.
  16. No Repaying Evil For Evil Among god’s People (Romans 12: 17-21)
  17. Evil will come our way.
  18. Getting back at another is not God’s way. (Ask Peter about Cutting off Malcus’ ear.)
  19. Vengeance is that which belongs to God alone.
  20. Evil will not prevail when we depend on God.

Living in God’s love is the way Believers ought to behave.  God wants us to show our love to others.

PLANTING THE SEED

Why is it so important to life and walk in A Christian manner?

What does the term “without dissimulation” mean?

What do we learn from the phrase “Not slothful in business”?

How do we apply the phrase “Patient in tribulation”?

What are some ways of being hospitable where you are?

What do we show by rejoicing with those who rejoice and weeping with those who weep?

What happens in the church when the members are not of the same mind?

What makes unity vital in the church?

What should our attitude toward the poor be?

When we cannot be reconciled, what should we do?

How will our enemy be put in his place?

NURTURING THE SEED

Why is it important for us not to be slothful in business?

What challenges do we face by blessing those who persecute you?

How might our weeping with those who weep make those who weep feel?

Why is it important to life at peace with others?

What do we learn from the phrase “vengeance is mine”?

FRUIT FROM THE SEED

Always show genuine regard and love for others.

Do everything you do to build others up and serve the Lord.

Celebrate the successes and share the pain of others.

When wronged by others, refuse to repay them by doing wrong.

Be promoters of peace regardless of what is going on around you.

We can have peace knowing that God fights our battle for us.

Focus on what is good rather than allow the evil of the world to overcome us.

LEFT OVERS

Always love others.

Consider others more important.

Leave the rest to God.