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The Life of a True Christian

John Collins05/24/2012
Romans 12 tells the way in which a true Christian should live.

Let your love be genuine.  Do not simply tell people that you love them, you should genuinely love them.

Detest evil, hold fast to what is good.  When you see people taking pleasure in evil around you, you should hate that evil with a passion, holding strongly to the good things.

Love one another with brotherly affection.  All friends should be close friends, like brothers and sisters to you.

Outdo one another in showing honor.  As a Christian, your respect should be the highest among your peers.

Do not be lazy in your passion to serve the Lord.  Show strong passion towards serving Him.

Rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, and constant in prayer.  Show others that you have a strong faith, rejoicing in the hope that comes only from the Lord.

Contribute to the needs of the saints, and show them hospitality.  In a world filled with love of one's own self, Christians should be the opposite.  Take pleasure helping others, especially when they are in need of it.

Bless those who persecute you.  Do not curse them.  They may be God's children, and your witness to them may be the very thing that leads them to Christ.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  When a brother or sister is excited, be excited with them to share their joy.  When they are down, mourn with them so their burdens are shared.

Live in harmony with one another.  Do not set others up for contempt, show the Love of Christ through your life.

Do not be arrogant or proud, associate with the lowly.  Christ came to the lowly, and the proud rejected Him.

Never be wise in your own sight.  Show others your wisdom through your actions, and they will learn of your wisdom with admiration.

Do not repay evil with evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If you repay evil with evil, then you have shown yourself as low as the offender, which is not honorable with all.

If possible, and if it is in your control, live peaceable with all.  Where there is a solution with peace, take that solution.  If it cannot be solved with peace, only then should you take an action that would offend.

Never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God.  It is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord."

If your enemy is hungry, feed him.  If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In your love towards your enemy, you are heaping lumps of burning coals upon his head.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we abide by these teachings?