Followers of Christ look like something ~ The Roman Road

Romans 12 gives a beautiful summary of true Christian service. Followers of Christ look a certain way. It is more about what we do than what we say. Let’s explore seven of these from the text. ⠀⠀

Avoid pride and comparison

First, we need to avoid pride and comparison with other members of the Body of Christ. We all have a part to play and comparison only leads to fleshly motivations. This can allow the enemy to capitalize on our envy and strife and bring torment. ⠀⠀

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned…the members do not all have the same function…Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…”

Romans 12:3, 4b, 6a ESV⠀⠀⠀

Are we a hypocrite?⠀⠀

Second, we need to be wary of hypocrisy in our actions. We must examine ourselves first before we look to the actions of others.⠀

“Love must be free of hypocrisy. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.” 

Romans 12:9 NASB⠀⠀

Love is a verb

Third, love is a verb. It looks like something. ⠀

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” 

Romans 12:10-13 ESV⠀

Bless our enemies

Fourth, we need to bless our enemies no matter what–bless and do not curse.⠀

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”⠀

Romans 12:14 NKJV

The ONE matters

Fifth, Jesus seeks after the ONE. We should too. Giving ourselves to “humble tasks” has great reward.⠀

“Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.”

Romans 12:16 AMPC

Live at peace

Sixth, where possible, we ought to live at peace with everyone.⠀

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”⠀

Romans 12:18 ESV

Love our enemies

Finally, we are commanded to love our enemies. This passage gives us great advice in what this looks like in practice. ⠀⠀

“To the contrary, “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.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” 

Romans 12:20-21 ESV⠀⠀

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