Here’s what love does NOT mean.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Romans 12.  Last Sunday night’s service was a great splash into this text (we’ll do some more in April once Easter is over).

Take a read at some of the snippets from this chapter about love (from NIV 84)

  • Love must be sincere.
  • Be devoted to one another.
  • Honor one another.
  • Never be lacking in zeal.
  • Be joyful in hope.

A few thoughts:

1. This is positive. (Love is NOT negative.)

Yes, this is positive.  Relationships among believers are positive.  These are all positive commands.  These commands demand a love that really goes deep below the surface, and is willing to put others above yourself.

2. This makes us think about conflict. (Love does NOT try to get its way.)

This demands that we think about how we handle conflict.  Simply read through these verses (9-13) and ask yourself: how do these inform how I handle conflict?  Does it mean we attack?  Does it mean we provoke?  Does it mean we let things simmer without addressing them?  This type of love for other believers DEMANDS that we not only address conflict situations, but that we do so in love.

3. Remember Christ. (Love does NOT happen without Him.)

Remember “In view of God’s mercy” from vs. 1.  There is no way to live like this unless Christ is truly living within you.  The flesh is vengeful and selfish above all else.  Loving like this is truly supernatural, but it is a strong witness to believers and non-believers alike when we are willing to suppress our selfish desires and interact with others in a way that promotes the common good.  Division and negativity come naturally.  Unity and love come supernaturally.

Have a great weekend.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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