Romans 12:9-21 is called, ‘Love in Action’. This is an appropriate name, because It is a list of instructions on how to love. In this passage, Paul demonstrates that love is not merely an emotion, but also an action.
For most passages in the bible, we read them, and then make an interpretation. For this passage, we have no need to do this, because Paul could not have been more blunt. He uses very straight-forward, simple statements, such as ‘Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good’, in order to convey his message.
What is said in this passage is how we should live. It is a list of the ideal standards of our social lives:
Love must be genuine
Only do what is good
Honour others above yourselves
Always be passionate for the Lord
Bless those you don’t like
Live in harmony
Do not be proud
Do not be afraid to be seen with the less-popular
Do not hold yourself in a view of high self-esteem
Do not be mean back to people who are mean to you
Be careful to do what is right
Live in peace with everyone as far as is possible
Do not take revenge (leave that to God!)
This list in Romans 12 sums up how we should live. Personally, I definitely break at least two of these every day! That is why I am so glad that Jesus died for us, and that, because of that, In God’s eyes I have done nothing wrong.
p.s. Those of you who know the passage well will know that I left the last one out. That is because I love how the translation plays on words, ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’.
Tomorrow, we are going on holiday to Sarandë in the south of Albania. I am really excited, because it will be a great photo opportunity, and I will be able to swim also. That will mean that there will be an absence from my blog for another week…