Roaming Through Romans: Love Enacted

Roaming Through Romans: Love Enacted Sermon Audio Here

Romans 12:9-21

Dearest Jimmy,
No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you!
Yours forever, Marie.
P.S. And congratulations on winning the state lottery.

How Do We Live Out The Lord’s Love?

Participate in Acts of Agape ~ Romans 12:9-13

  • 9 “love without play-acting”; “hate=actively abhor” LIVER
  • 10 actively seek to love;
  • 11 look for opportunities
  • 12 human BE-INGs; here’s how we are to BE
  • 13 ALL ONE SENTENCE let your love be like this!

Resonate Acts of Empathy ~ Romans 12:14-16

  • 14 speak good TO (not just about); INTERACT!
  • 15 notice what state others are in and JOIN THEM
  • 16 “be allalon/together minded” NOT just “be willing to associate, but ACTUALLY HANG OUT WITH”

Terminate Acts of Retribution ~ Romans 12:17-20

  • 17 payback: not even once! Plan ahead how to deal well
  • 18 participle (cf. 9-13) of peace: be peaceful
  • 19 give up your right to revenge; that’s God’s job
  • 20 if ANY enemy hungers, YOU feed them; they won’t be able to take it (but don’t be spiteful)

Romans 12:21~ Let The Lord’s Love Live Large: don’t let the bad beat you: overcome=take the higher ground!

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