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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #35 “Critical Imperatives for the Christ-Follower” (A Study of Romans 12) Part 7

17 Feb

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 12 each day this week.I count 24 injunctions or commands or imperatives for the believer here in Romans 12. I’m aware that the expression “critical imperative” is redundant, but I think it’s useful for what we see here in this great chapter. Let’s continue our multipart study by looking at verse 10.

We’ve seen that the believer is to offer his body as a living sacrifice, not to conform to the pattern of this world, to be transformed by the renewing of his mind, to think of himself with sober judgment, to use his gifts to build up the body of Christ, and to hate as God hates!

The seventh critical imperative is —7. The believer is TO BE DEVOTED TO THE BODY IN LOVE! (v. 10)

What exactly does it mean to be devoted to one another in love? Well, we learn in Acts 2:42 that the early church was devoted to four priorities as they met together: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” But were they devoted to each other?

The answer, of course, is YES! And they showed their devotion to other believers by praying for each other, suffering persecution with each other, financially supporting each other, even rebuking each other (one thinks of Paul’s rebuke of Peter in the book of Galatians!). Such devotion requires TIME, ENERGY, WISDOM, INVOLVEMENT, COMPASSION, BOLDNESS, etc.

Today’s Challenge: Can you honestly say that you are devoted to other believers in love? How do you show that devotion? Be specific. And then look for additional ways to express your affection for another in Christ.

 
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