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Expound: Romans 12 - Part C

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July 11, 2022 6:00 am

Expound: Romans 12 - Part C

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July 11, 2022 6:00 am

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Bible says in the book of Romans God brought the love of God in our hearts.

Verse. So the love of God flows into you means love of God can flow out of you if possible, the love of God is flowing in the love of God is shed abroad. God bless you shut it off.

God calls his people to a different and higher wavelet in today on connect with Skip Skip shares how you can show God's love to others through your forgiveness and compassion. Before we begin to share about a resource that will help you enjoy studying your Bible is your personal Bible study time, frustrating direction. You can study the Bible with the plan. See progress.

Listen to this from skip. I think all of us. We have trouble with certain parts of the Bible.

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I don't have to be afraid, I think securely/offer for copy night okay let's get into today's teaching Romans chapter many pulpits lack preaching. They have extorting they have entertaining but few have preaching in fact in many churches and I've seen many of them when a pulpit committee looks for a pastor.

They rarely look for a teacher, especially in expository teacher. They want somebody who has other get somebody you can raise the budget somebody you can meet with donors. Somebody who can be nice and visit all the people all the time and thus he may not have time to prepare a message that the message is this incidental is not as important, I believe it's dire. I believe it's very important.

God has given us a book and and a teacher will explain clearly simply the meaning of that so few teachers and teaching so that's my little bias. That's my little soapbox, but I qualified.

I warned you. Verse eight he who exhorts, and that is a spiritual gift in exhortation the word in Greek Forex order exhortation is par Colette Owen Tariq Aleo is better translated encouraging you to think of somebody who exhorts you know when they come to getting your grill made never furled proudly tell you what to do, actually, and eggs order encourages you to do it and it might have a firmness to it that that gift might be expressed that way but it's can it teaching, lays the foundation in exhortation is the gentle fraud that uses that the the gift given of teaching and instruction and and motivates a person say so. As an example, let's say I hold up a skateboard since we have a skate park here and I hold up a skateboard demand for solitary about the skateboard. This skateboard is a longboard and I'm only going by what I have at home so longboard is different than a shorter skateboard and it turns it smoother but it doesn't turn as well, but the wheels are little bit bigger so their software.

I start explaining all the parts in the bearings and the trucks and how it operates in the tape on topic gives you grip and insult you getting all this instruction all that's good. Now you know how it operates with somebody with the gift of exhortation is the guy who gives you a push on the skateboard.

One thing to have the instruction but is not in vain to get the push and get some momentum now you need both you need instruction you want somebody just put in somebody who knows nothing about this on a skateboard just pushes them down a hill that be cruel so you need instruction, but if you just get instruction, but you don't have somebody to help you put it into practice.

Just had knowledge so teaching and exhortation are two gifts that often operate together so many times the teacher will also be a preacher, and vice versa, heal exhorts, in exhortation he who gives, with liberality, there is a gift of giving all of us are called to give and support the Lord's work. But some people God gives a special enabling to see a need, and the financial wherewithal and the heart to meet that need. He who leads, with diligence.

I believe this leadership gift referred to here is known as in first Corinthians 12, the gift of administration, the ability to administrate into two to lead that way.

He who shows mercy with carefulness. Another spiritual gift. Thank God for those who have the gift of mercy we needed verse nine let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good and here's what I want you to notice as we go to the rest of this chapter, there are 30 short little commands to sort of one strong upon another little staccato exhortation do this do that this that 30 of them and they all primarily deal with love. How we love the family of God. How we love, hostility, or the world.

Even in the midst of hostility and how we love even our enemies so let love be without high hypocrisy. Those two words without hypocrisy.

One word in the Greek language on the Hoople pretests on Hoople pretests without hypocrisy on Hoople creed to us a hypocrite. Literally, Hoople creed DOS Greek word was nothing more than an actor, a stage actor who wore in his hand had in his hand a mask or two and and put a mask up and spoke words before a crowd, but the man like let's he is a happy face but set up and says words and accident puts up the sad face and says things that is an actor that's a Hoople pretests to say this. Let love be on Hoople creed DOS without hypocrisy's essay. Let your love be so genuine that you're not wearing a mask when you say when you acted its love without a mask live with a mask. Hypocritical love is were somebody says sweet sappy little sentimental nice things to you to make you feel good and stabs you in the back that's hypocritical love Judas Iscariot love did Jesus hypocritical.

He came to the garden with a kiss. And Jesus said, you betray the Son of Man with a kiss.

That's hypocrisy. It's a show of affection outwardly but inwardly you're a traitor.

So let your love be real B genuine without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil.

Cling to what is good. You do a sermon in each one of these are also good be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love.

Now I'm sorry to go into so much of the Greek language, but it's a play on words in this verse. So when he says be kindly affectionate. He uses the word feel a stored DOS and then he says, brotherly love the word Philadelphia for Leo or feel is brotherly love.

So it's it's a plan. Words be the last Argos to one another with Philadelphia.

All of that to say love like your part of the same family here in the family of God. That's your brother and your sister will my real brother yeah more so deeper because of the spiritual bond so be kindly affectionate few Ostrogoths to another with Philadelphia with real brotherly love and honor giving preference to one another, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, burning hot red hot in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation continuing steadfastly in prayer distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality now in verse 11. Just notice this whole thing about not lagging in diligence, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Have you noticed see if you've noticed this. There seem to be seasons in the Christian experience. At first were red-hot were on fire, so excited. Jesus is so real. My sins are forgiven. I'm going to happen. I know God do you know, had we would just what is amp right would get so excited and and that so awesome. It's great right that Cecile and his zeal according to knowledge, but then when we get out a lot of knowledge. We get a lot of Bible knowledge.

You know a lot of Greek words like I just rattled off.

We can sometimes tend to become so mind heavy and an emotionally light.

Yes, I remember what I was that when I was a young believer, I was to her and I just got about and as we grow through the seasons of the Christian life. We start even disdaining being a fanatic was to be a fanatic well you are a fanatic. Some of your sports fanatics sports fan fan is short for fanatic. Some of you will go to a game where you watch a game at home. In summary, makes a touchdown or homerun and you don't sit and how lovely you yell at the neighbors hear you the dogs bark in the neighborhood fanatic Irfan man excited and yet when it comes to the things of God, which ought to be really exciting. We can tend to become so passive were afraid to be a spiritual fanatic.

You know what Tria I mean be fake right painted fire never warmed anyone but but allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and excitement for the most important worthy things in the universe God himself, and I found it's it's it's a lot easier to cool down a fanatic than warm up a corpse somebodies a little too fanatic, so giving to me all day long. You know it's a lot easier to to kind of work with that and try to somebodies dad.

I've always loved 24 chapter the book of Luke, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.

Jesus came and spoke to them, spoke the Scripture to them and after he left, they turned to each other and said did not our hearts burn within us as he spoke to us along the way. May God give us that on fire fervent in spirit, not not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation continuing steadfastly in prayer distributing to the needs of the saints given to Phila next CL hospitality. Literally, the love of strangers loving the strangers think about this word when it comes to the crisis of the border.

Think of this when it comes to immigration, no matter what you think of what laws should be and you have the right to think whatever you want.

I'm not here to tell you what to think. I am here to tell you that how every person comes into our country love the stranger love the stranger see that as an opportunity for the gospel to get a person who is on their way not to heaven but perhaps to hell. Rescued and on their way to heaven and them being brothers and sisters in your faith hospitality. Now he shifts gears a little bit in verse 14. Bless those who persecute you, bless those a bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those that weep to live in Rome was very difficult for a Christian was a volatile situation. It was becoming more and more hostile and more and more volatile to live out the Christian life in the pagan Roman environments.

Hence the need to bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse that's impossible.

And God calls you to. It's impossible in the flesh.

It's impossible on your own, it's impossible without God's help.

But Jesus said what's impossible with men is possible with God. Now listen the Bible says in the book of Romans. God has shed abroad, the love of God in our hearts member that verse so if the love of God flows into you know what that means.

The love of God can flow out of you and is not a love member run.

I love impossible. The love of God is flowing.

Indeed, the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, love of God keeps coming and what you shut it off so it is never-ending. You never are at an end of your capacity to show love to another person because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts so based on that. Bless those who persecute you.

Bless and do not curse.

Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. The second part is easier than the first easy for me to weep with somebody who's weeping and here's why it's easier. I'm not going through that you are. I can try to enter into your motion out. I'll do my best to do that Jesus did.

Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus entering into the motion of Mary and Martha, but that's much easier than the first part. Rejoice with those a rejoice. You say now that that's actually easier than weeping with those weep not, I don't. I disagree. I think it's harder to rejoice with those who are rejoicing okay is an example your cars beat up.

I'm not saying it is not say it is beat up you can afford a new one. Somebody comes up to you and says can you believe that the Lord blessed me with a brand-new car, rejoice with me and you try and you go right, not a real smile. Praise God hallelujah it's hard because their blast and you ain't you right, you feel me you got that lots impossible.

Yeah on your own. It is rejoice with those a rejoice weep with those who weep. Be in the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.

Don't be afraid to hang out with ordinary common people.

Do not be wise in your own opinion. No exaggerated dentures, exaggerated thoughts about important repay no one for evil have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

If it is possible as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

I'm glad he said the caveat if it is possible. I'm glad he didn't say live at peace with all men and impossible some people won't have it. But if it's if it's possible if you can do it if and for it to be possible. Both parties have to be willing and if both parties are willing if the other party is willing. You should also be willing. So, as if it is possible. As much as depends on you. Never let the inability to be at peace with your neighbor be on your side of the fence. Be at peace with all men there's a there's a book out. I remember in the early 1980s by Joyce Landor that echoes back called irregular people and are basically the theme in her books is that everybody has in their life at least one irregular person, that person every time you see them they say some remark, it makes you feel bad. They can help themselves. There's always just that Rob their inappropriate miss timed all that and it's how to deal with the regular people. But then the book also makes the point that you are also in a regular person to somebody else and how to change that as well. If it's possible, much as depends and you live peaceably with all men, beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath, for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. Some of us wish that verse wasn't there because honestly, vengeance is so much fun it's so fun in the flesh top plot and a plan getting that person back. Oh it's going to feel so good. Oh, when they hear this when they see this. It's fun, it's sinful, but it's a blast right now just as honest. You know what I mean.

The Chinese had a proverb that if your enemy wrongs you by each of his children a drum right that's what you get back out and does have other kids be a drummer. No offense if you're drummer my respective parents let their kids be drummers therefore verse 20.

If your enemy hungers, feed him if he thirst, give him a drink for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. That's an Egyptian custom is an old Middle Eastern custom when somebody wanted to show public contrite nests that they had done something wrong to somebody and they wanted everybody to know that there admitting their wrong so just so you know I admit my wrong and I'm letting it be known that I bear the shame what they would do is they would carry a pan of hot coals on their head and other sounds really weird but it was but not not like to burn their head, they would have like a little cloth, tough it and then they put a little thing with hot coals and it was the ideas is I'm bearing that heat of the shame and the pain that I have caused other people so the idea of loving your enemy as you can heap fires of coals you're gonna make them feel really bad by you treating them so good and will be humiliated. They'll be shamed because of your not acting like them but you're acting with such love, that is, can cause a cessation of, and want to stop that. That's the idea. In so doing you will heap coals of fire in his head.

Do not overt be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Overcome evil with good. You say I don't have any enemies. I know I'm not to give a show of hands and say how many of you.don't have any enemies because if you look up enemy in a dictionary. One of the definitions is not somebody who wants to kill you or shoot you or destroy you but an antagonist. Anybody have an antagonist in their life.

Think of that as an enemy. David had a number of enemies he said you prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.

David had Amalekites is enemies. David had Philistines is enemies David and Goliath is enemies.

David had a father-in-law is an enemy.

King Saul.

David had a son named Absalom who is an enemy Jesus at a man's enemies will be those of his own household.

Some of you have for enemies.

People act like friends but are out to do you harm.

Aren't you glad it says if it's possible, be at peace with all give it your best. In some cases you will be successful in some cases, you won't.

When you're not done your best try to reach out and try to make peace you want to go that's good height message from the series expound to speak with an important message for you, as Christians, we all have to deal with life in a fallen world. That's why it's important to equip listeners like you, with God's word so you can soar through life. You can thrive and not just survive when you give a generous gift you help share important lessons from the Bible. With so many others, I'd like to ask you to consider taking action today to help reach even more lives with God's truth. Here's how you can do that we should to give a gift that's or call 800-922-1888, 800-922-1888. Thank you for your generosity and come back tomorrow as Skip Heitzigs of shares when your relationship is a believer should be with the government say when Paul wrote this wasn't a Democrat or public setting is wrong is not a Democrat, Nero, I just spotted and yet Paul says let every soul be subject

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