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:
In this passage of Scripture, the apostle Paul reminds the congregation at Rome of what it means to be a Christian. As Christians, sometimes we get so wrapped up in the deeper things of our faith that we lose sight of the basics. We worry about denominational squabbles, or local church issues, or wider issues, and we forget about the most important thing that we are supposed to be focusing on as Christians in our daily lives. One of my favorite quotes is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” This quote reminds us of the basics of the Christian faith―to show love and kindness to all that we encounter.
visit your people
and pour out your strength and courage upon us,
that we may hurry to make you welcome
not only in our concern for others,
but by serving them
generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.
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