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Romans 12

SUMMARY.--The Divine Mercy should Move Us. Being Transformed. Humility. Faithfulness in Our Own Personal Duties. Loving with Pure Hearts. Blessing for Cursing; Good for Evil. Leaving Vengeance to the Lord. Treatment of Enemies.

      9-13. Let love be without dissimulation. Not a deceitful profession of love, but genuine; not like that of Judas to Christ, or Joab to Abner: a kiss and a stab. Abhor that which is evil. Evil must be repulsive to the saint; good, on the other hand, attractive. 10. With brotherly love. The brotherhood of the saints was not a name only, but a real tie of tenderness and love; and each, in the spirit of true brotherhood, was to seek the honor of his Christian brother. 11. Not slothful in business. See the Revision. The idea is, "Give all diligence." Fervent in spirit. Zealous, enthusiastic, not indifferent. Serving the Lord. Whatever we find to do is to be done with our might, but above all, the service of Christ. 12. Rejoicing in hope. Hopeful, and hence rejoicing in the prospect. Patient in tribulation. Patient in sorrow, suffering and persecution. Patience implies steadfastness. In prayer. "Praying always and fainting not" ( Luke 18:1 ). 13. Distributing. Making the needs of fellow saints your own and helping them. Given to hospitality. This duty was especially needful in those early days when Christians were so often driven from their homes by persecution.

      14-17. Bless them that persecute you. See Matt. 5:44 . Thus did Christ on the cross, and the martyred Stephen. He who can obey this precept is a transformed man. 15. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, etc. Sympathize with the joys and sorrows of others. 16. Be of the same mind, etc. Let there be harmony; a spirit of concord. Mind not high things. Do not seek for official or social distinction. Obedience to this would eliminate caste from the church. Condescend to things that are lowly. So reads the Revision. Instead of seeking pre-eminence, we are to walk in lowly spirit like our Savior. Be not wise in your own conceits. Conceited and opinionated as the result.

      18-21. Live peaceably with all men. If you can do so. Sometimes it is impossible. Sometimes sinners are exceedingly mad against the saints. But we are to be "peacemakers" ( Matt. 5:9 ). 19. Beloved, avenge not yourselves. If we are injured, we are to leave the matter in the hands of God and give place unto his wrath. He sees and resents the injuries of his children. For it is written. Deut. 32:35 . The Lord claims it as his prerogative to avenge what needs to be avenged. When we do it, we trample on the divine rights. 20. If thine enemy hunger, feed him. This is the spirit of Christ's command, to return good for evil. Compare Proverbs 25:21 Proverbs 25:23 . Thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Thou wilt by this kindness most readily subdue him, and make him feel most keenly the wrong he has done. 21. Be not overcome by evil. Don't let the fact that you are treated wickedly induce you to do wrong, but overcome evil by returning good for evil. This sums up the whole matter respecting the treatment of adversaries. Happy would it be if the Christian world could come up to these requirements! The logic of kind deeds is more powerful than the logic of argument.

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