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Romans 12:9-13

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Maintaining Peace and Harmony in the Christian Family

Romans 12:9-13

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Lesson Number 37

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The godly believer practices the biblical directives for peace with fellow believers.
    a) love without hypocrisy
    b) abhor what is evil and cling to what is good
    c) show brotherly love to one another
    d) honor one another above yourselves
    e) continue to be diligent
    f) be fervent in spirit
    g) serve the Lord
    h) rejoice in hope
    i) endure affliction
    j) persevere in prayer
    k) share with the saints in need
    l) practice hospitality

Practical Application

  1. Remember to do your daily dozen

Questions

  1. How should your salvation by grace through faith be worked out in your daily life? Answer in light of a) Romans 12:1-2 and b) Romans 12:3-8.
  2. The working out of the teaching point is given special credence in Psalm 133:1. How does this relate to peace and harmony with fellow believers?
  3. Select one of the directives that seems to come naturally for you, and explain why.
  4. Select one of the directives that is difficult for you, and examine why.
  5. Select yet another directive that need both study and practice in your life.

Answers

  1. a) our response should be in reference to ourselves in order to know what the will of God is for our lives, and b) our response should be in reference to the church and the proper use of our spirituals gifts.
  2. Psalm 133:1 shows that this is pleasing to God and gives blessing to His people who live in peace and unity one with another.
  3. individual responses
  4. individual responses
  5. individual responses

Discuss/Consider

  1. Review. In view of the great doctrinal teachings of Romans 1-11, how should you live?
  2. How many of these directives do you practice daily? How could you do better?

Challenge

  1. Remember to do your daily dozen.

Key Verses

  • "Let love be without hypocrisy." Romans 12:9
  • "Be kindly affectionate to one another...giving preference to one another." Romans 12:10
  • "Be diligent, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord." Romans 12:11
  • "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, continue steadfastly in prayer." Romans 12:12
  • "Distribute to the needs of the saints, be given to hospitality." Romans 12:13

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