Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 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.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
by: Lisa Moore.
Challenge yourself as you read this passage: Are you loving without hypocrisy? Hating what God says is evil? Devoted in brotherly love? Avoiding lagging behind in diligence? Fervent in spirit? Serving the Lord and rejoicing in hope? Persevering in tribulation? Devoted to prayer? Contributing to saints in need? Practicing hospitality? Blessing your persecutors? Rejoicing and weeping with others? Staying away from being haughty or wise by your own estimate? Refusing to repay evil? At peace with all men as much as possible? Let us live as Paul instructed the Romans. God will transform our churches and communities when we do.