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In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a truth-packed sermon titled, "Let Love Be Genuine (Pt. 1)." Join us as we study Romans 12:9-13 and discuss what it means to love God and people with genuine, unconditional love. Our prayer is that this message communicates the exciting realities of walking closely with the Lord and encourages you to examine your love for God and give your whole heart to Him!
SeriesThe Book of Romans
Scripture ReferenceRomans 12:9-13
Let Love Be Genuine (Pt. 1)
Romans 12:1-2 ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:9a ESV
Let love be genuine.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Now remain in my love.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
This is my command: Love each other.
Romans 12:9a NLT
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.
1st Genuine love exhibits passion
Romans 12:9b ESV
Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
Psalm 101:2-4 NIV-84
I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.
Proverbs 8:13 NIV
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Romans 12:9c ESV
hold fast to what is good.
Romans 12:10a ESV
Love one another with brotherly affection.
Romans 12:10b ESV
Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:11a ESV
Do not be slothful in zeal…
Romans 12:11a NIV
Never be lacking in zeal…
One of the greatest things you can do is to get excited about your life and start to live enthusiastically day after day after day; your whole world will improve. If you wait to get excited until some lucky outer event happens–guess what? If you wait, what does life do? It waits. And if you hold back until a more appropriate time to get excited what does life do? It holds back. If you’re going to hold back on enthusiasm, develop lots of patience, because you’re going to wait a long time for an exciting life.
Romans 12:11b ESV
be fervent in Spirit, serve the Lord.
Romans 12:11b ESV
be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Psalms 100:2 ESV
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Romans 12:12a ESV
Rejoice in hope,
Romans 12:12b ESV
be patient in tribulation,
Romans 12:12c ESV
be constant in prayer.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV
pray without ceasing,
Romans 12:13a ESV
Contribute to the needs of the saints...
Romans 12:13b ESV
seek to show hospitality.