The Romans Reflection

26th December

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

Romans 12:9

During these next few days we will be taking a look at love in action, as written by the author of Romans. This wonderful chapter, both causes us to reflect on our attitudes and behaviours, but also encourages us to put love into action, written in a completely practical style. As we work through these next few verses, may your hearts be challenged and encouraged, to work through these topics as a great end to one year and as preparation for the next.

Today’s verse is a great challenge and reflection for us. We can so often breeze through our lives, without truly paying attention to the details; details, perhaps, such as the challenge presented to us by the writer of Roman: True Love! When we say we love someone, do we truly mean it? The love mentioned in this verse is not the ‘love’ between a spouse, but rather love between brothers and sisters, specifically in the body of Christ. Do we pick out the most popular or our favourite people to speak to, to encourage or even to socialise with? Or do we put love into action and reach out to perhaps those more ‘difficult’ people in the body?

We are challenged to make love genuine in our lives. If God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for it, then we too must practice sacrificial love, even to those we might not think ‘deserve’ it. Let us hold tightly to the love of God, hate friction and division, and love genuinely. Just as we are un-conditionally loved by God, so too, may we love others unconditionally.

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