Week of June 22, 2018
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Romans 12:9 (ESV)
This past Sunday I spoke from the book of Romans and outlined the apostle Paul’s exhortation of thirteen traits for living the Christian life. Paul opens with one of the first traits for the Christian, and that is to let love be genuine. This type of love is truly sincere, unhypocritical and without pretense. The Greek word for this type of love is agape and is used to express the true nature of God’s love. When we experience God’s love through Jesus’ Gospel work and Scripture teaching, we also learn what God wants us to avoid and better yet what God wants us to cling onto in our lives. We find out that much of what the world clings onto and loves should be avoided by the Christian. Why? In short, it is because many of the world’s first loves can derail us from living out a life devoted to serving Christ. God wants us to enjoy this life that we are given here on earth but not at the expense of losing our testimony for Christ in our daily life. I encourage all to maintain the struggle of discipleship and fellowship with the church body. Together we can all support each other in times of difficulty and ultimately bring glory to God.
I look forward to us meeting with you this Sunday as I continue investigating Paul’s traits for the Christian life.
God Bless, Pastor Gavan