Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
Food For Thought:
This is probably one of my favorite passages of Scripture. In this passage, the apostle Paul reminds the Roman church of what they are to do as Christians. LOVE, GOODNESS, REJOICING, PRAYING, CONTRIBUTING, PATIENCE, HOSPITALITY, BLESSING, and SEEKING PEACE are the key words in this passage. Think of these words. How do you live out these words in the world? Which words do you need to focus on?
Faithful God, you are the hope of all the oppressed and the source of freedom for those held captive. Make us strong to witness to your liberating power, in generosity of life and in humility of spirit, that the entire world may delight in your goodness. In your holy name we pray, Amen.