NT Tuesday: Be Affectionate & Honor One Another

SubwayLast week we looked at the Biblical imperative of “build up one another“. This week we will look at being devoted to one another or outdoing one another in showing honor. Paul writes in Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor”

We want to look at two thoughts that are contained in this verse, but first the setting for the verse. In the first eleven chapters of Romans, Paul, in a most systematic and concise manner, expounds on God’s gospel according to His Son, Jesus Christ. He then exhorts us to live in an entirely different manner based on the truth of the Gospel. In fact, the difference was supposed to be so remarkable that we would appear to be like a living sacrifice! (A living sacrifice – think of how odd that sounds).

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 19

Road Romans 16Value the saints and the assemblies Romans 16:1-16, 16:21-24

Paul is a great example of the attitude we should have. He loved the gospel. He gave up his life to spread it around the world. He also loved the saints and the local gatherings of Christians. He gave his life for God’s saints and God’s assemblies.

Value what God values. What is God doing today? Through His gospel people are being saved from all nations. What is God doing with these saved people? They are gathered together around Christ in local churches, and have the privilege to be part of the work He is doing. Value the gospel and the assemblies.

So Paul valued what God valued. He knew and loved Christians. He greets them by name and speaks kind words to them. He saw himself as a partner with saints in the Lord’s work.

And look at the example of these saints! Phoebe serves a local assembly, helping many including Paul. Prisca and Aquila risk their neck for Paul and the assemblies, and have a group

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Jottings – Love Those Who Demonize You

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Today, if you have a biblical view of sexuality you will be demonized by those on the other side– who will call you a bigot. Jesus commands us to love those who call us bigots, to show them the love of Jesus.

Jesus was, and is, the enemy of dead religion.

Eric Metaxas, speaking at the Annual National Prayer Breakfast. 2/2/2012 in Washington, D.C.

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 16

Road Romans 14:17 - 15:7Do not aim to please yourself, but aim to bless other saints Romans 14:17-15:7

Keep in mind that God is not so concerned about food and drink. Instead His interest is in right living and peaceful fellowship in Christ and joy in the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. These things are much greater than silly arguments! Be careful not to let ideas grow to be bigger in your mind than they really are.

So aim for peace between you and other Christians. Aim to help them grow in the Lord Jesus. Make sure your actions do not stir up fighting and arguing. Avoid causing your brother to stumble. He is the work of God! Treat him that way!

Perhaps you feel it is ok to do certain things that other Christians would not do. You believe God sees it as fine to do it. Before you do it, be sure you consider others. Will it cause a brother to stumble? If so, be willing to give it up. Be considerate.

Do not aim to please yourself. Each of us should

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Jottings – The Source of Blessing and Joy

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The love of God is the source of all our blessings and joys.

John N. Darby. Notes & Comments, Vol. 1. Sunbury, PA: Believers Bookshelf, 1971 Reprint. p306.

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 15

Road Romans 14:1-16Out of love, think of other saints in your actions Romans 14:1-16

This love for others must affect how you relate to other saints. You should welcome them in a loving way, like the Lord received us when we believed. If a Christian moves into your area, receive him even if he has some ideas about the Christian walk that you think are odd.

You should not welcome him with the goal of showing you know better than him. Perhaps he thinks Christians should not eat certain foods. Do not pick on him for this.

Or perhaps you think Christians should not eat certain foods. Do not think little of other Christians because they do eat them.

The Lord is our master. We need to be sure we do not take over His place as Lord. Each of us answers to the Lord.

In fact, we all will one day answer to God at His judgment seat after we die or the Lord Jesus comes back. We will have to

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 14

Road Romans 13:8-14

Walk in love like Christ, not lust Romans 13:8-14

Loving one another really is the point of the law. The law commands us not to steal, lust, kill or do other things that hurt our neighbor. Love aims to bless others, so love would not harm a neighbor. So by loving others, I am fulfilling God’s desire taught in the law.

We really should be people that

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Jottings – What Do You Love More?

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If you find yourself loving
  any pleasure better than worship,
  any book better than the Bible,
  any house better than the house of God,
  any table better than the Lord’s table,
  any person better than Christ,
  any indulgence better than the hope of heaven, TAKE ALARM!”

Thomas Guthrie, no further documentation available.

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Jottings – Where Love Reigns

The church is not a stage where perfect people perform, but a family and flock where loves reigns.”

Jack Spender speaking at the 2011 Workers & Elders Conference, Raleigh, NC.

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