Devotions for May 23, 2014

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Romans 12:3-13

3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Romans 13:8-10

8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What do you think Paul meant in 12:9 when he said, “really love them”? In what ways do you demonstrate your love for your church and the Christians around you? Do you “take delight in honoring each other”? Are you working hard and serving the Lord enthusiastically, or are you expecting to just be loved and be served?

Q: Are you willing to love and serve even when it’s tough? Do you take offense when someone says something against you, or do you love on them even more? Do you sigh every time you are asked to serve on a team at church, or do you seek out more opportunities? Do you only love and serve on your time table, or do you ask the Holy Spirit to change your heart to be on his timing?

Q: As you love and serve the Christians around you and they do the same in return, do you think that you find it easier to reach out to those around you who don’t know Jesus and need love, too? Are you looking for the opportunities to give out of the overflow of your heart?

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