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Putting God's Word into Practice…

Romans 13 Love in Action

on August 30, 2012

A sacrificial, transformed, renewed life is characterized by genuine, brotherly love.  Love is at the top of the list in 12:9-21.  When we have love, everything else good and godly flows freely from it!  Genuine love allows us to pay proper respect to God-ordained authority, to be honest in paying our debts, and to do no wrong to our neighbors.

Love is not a fluffy, floaty-feeling emotion, but love takes action.  It is impossible to be engaged in the act of love and simultaneously be sinning.

Paul gave us some dynamic commands in the next paragraph, and He also demonstrated that how we are to live as loving Christ-followers is polar opposite of the world.  

  1. Wake up/asleep
  2. Day/night
  3. Light/darkness
  4. Walk/stumble
  5. Jesus/flesh
  6. Put on/cast off

How do we do those actions? They also flow out of a mind that is renewed and transformed, a heart that is filled with love for God and others.  Notice that the mind comes first.  How we think determines how we act.  Which leads to the last verse of this chapter: Put on or clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about or make provision for how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature/flesh, or evil desires.  The antithesis of loving God and people is loving self!  We cannot put on Christ as Lord (Ruler, Master) and love ourselves.  Loving ourselves is a big root of sin.  The world tells us to love ourselves, the Lord tells us to love Him and His people.  Therefore, we must not conform to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds!  Think on love! Act on love!

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