Romans 12:9-15 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
‘Dissimulation’ [Greek: anupokritos] undisguised, a real thing (2Cor. 6:6; 2Tim. 1:5; 1Pet. 1:22). Three blessings of true love: A pure heart (Matt. 5:8); a good conscience; a faith unfeigned or sincere (1Tim. 1:5).
‘Abhor that which is evil’ – hate, detest and loathe all evil.
‘Cleave to that which is good’ – be cemented or glued to the good.
‘Affectioned one to another with brotherly love’ love with brotherly affection. ‘Honour preferring one another’ – be forward to honour others.
‘Slothful in business’ – never be lazy, slothful, and careless with your work or anything or anyone concerning your work. Whatever you do, do all things for God’s glory (1Cor. 10:31).
‘Fervent in spirit’ – maintain zeal to the boiling point.
‘Serving the Lord’ – put your life into service for God whether or not you receive personal gain and applause.
‘Rejoicing in hope’ – let your hope be a joy to you. ‘Patient in tribulation’ – show patience in all your troubles. ‘Continuing instant in prayer’ – live in fervent prayer to God.
‘Distributing to the necessity of saints’ contribution to needy saints. ‘Given to hospitality’ – practice hospitality without socializing (1Cor. 5:9-13; 1Jn. 2:15-17; 2Jn. 1:10-11).
‘Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not’ – bless your habitual persecutors and don’t allow anger, bitterness or revenge to cloud your mind and your actions to sin as well (Eph. 4:26-27, 29-32).
‘Rejoice with them that do rejoice’ – take a lively interest in blessings and prosperity of others without grudging.
‘Weep with them that weep’ – show genuine compassion for others.
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