Sunday, December 04, 2016

23 Marks of True Christian from Romans 12:9-21

At the opening of Romans 12, Paul urges us to offer our lives as living sacrifices as a form of worship.

In verses 9-21 Paul lists 23 lists qualities that should mark the life of a genuine Christian. We are saved by faith, and not by our actions. Yet our lives should reflect Jesus Christ and demonstrate qualities in keeping with a heart transformed by the power of God.

Let’s take some time today to evaluate ourselves in each of these areas. Let’s praise God for any good fruit we see, and let’s ask for his help to grow more and more in the days ahead.

1.        Let love be genuine.
2.        Abhor what is evil.
3.        Hold fast to what is good.
4.        Love one another with brotherly affection.
5.        Outdo one another in showing honor.
6.        Do not be slothful in zeal.
7.        Be fervent in spirit.
8.        Serve the Lord.
9.        Rejoice in hope.
10.      Be patient in tribulation.
11.      Be constant in prayer.
12.      Contribute to the needs of the saints.
13.      Seek to show hospitality.
14.      Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them.
15.      Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
16.      Live in harmony with one another.
17.      Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.
18.      Never be wise in your own sight.
19.      Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.
20.      If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
21.      Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[i] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
22.      “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
23.      Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

***Romans 12:9-21 (ESV)

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