THE LOST ARE FOUND / THE FOUND ARE FREED / THE FREED ARE CONNECTED / THE CONNECTED ARE COMMISSIONED
20th May // Connected – Day 20 // For Better Or Worse
Reading – Romans 12
My brother and I have an odd relationship.
One minute I’ll want to strangle him because he’s hidden the T.V. remote again, and the next we’ll be singing a dramatic duet to a Disney classic.
He’s annoying, but we’re family.
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10
Paul is referring to a special kind of love in this verse. The term was a common word in wills to denote ‘tender affection’ within a family. Paul is saying that you should have a tender affection and concern for your fellow believers like you would have for your own family.
Do you exercise this? Do you show your church family love? Love without action isn’t love.
I know what you’re thinking. There’s that one person who it’s difficult to love. Whether it’s a personality clash or they’ve now started sitting on your pew and no matter how early you are to church they’re always there before you. But regardless of the situation we can’t excuse ourselves from honouring each other.
Paul issues a friendly competition to treat one another well. He wants you to lead the way in showing honour for other believers. Look for ways to honour others before they honour you. Recognize others’ accomplishments before they honour yours. Look for what you can provide in a relationship rather than what you can receive. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can start liking someone when you begin to treat them with honour and respect. Love without action isn’t love.
1 Peter 3v8 – Finally all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tender hearted, and keep a humble attitude.
We are to be devoted to one another. We are to honour one another. And the basis of this loving devotion and honour is found in one central truth: because God is our Father, we are one family. We are siblings in God’s Kingdom.
And for better or for worse family sticks together.
By Daniela Adamson