Romans 12:9-18 – Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
There are a lot of Do’s and Do not’s in this verse. If read wrong, people could think that it’s a list of rules that God gives us and that we must abide by in order to get into Heaven. That’s not the case at all. God’s grace allows us to have a relationship with Him and live eternally. There’s nothing we can do in our own power other than believing in Him that can make us worthy of His love.
Paul wrote this for a reason. He wants us to wear Christianity with a responsibility. He wants us to show the world what being in a relationship with Him can really look like. If faith was a shop in town, and people were looking through the window, would they want to come inside and see what is there?
How are you wearing your faith? It’s easy to say that you believe in God and that He is good, but are you showing it in the way you live your life?
Are you speaking life-giving words? Do you love the people around you? No matter who they are, where they come from, what they say or what they do? Are you constantly complaining or are you constantly grateful? Are you practicing what you’re preaching? Or only on a Sunday morning when you feel like it?
We have a responsibility. We need to light the way for others to see that God has transformed our lives from the inside out and we love Him for it. We need to show the power of serving and loving others, just as Christ served and loved us. We need to wear our faith proudly and humbly, welcoming others to wear it too regardless of who they are.