Last week we spoke of "Love of the Brethren"... (Rom. 12:9-13).
Before we can ever cultivate a love for others, we must first cultivate a love for
our brethren. I John 4:19-20.
In verses 14-21, Paul shows the dedicated Christian's view toward the people of the
world. (Those of unlike faith, love, thoughts, priorities, cares, etc.).
This is an area of life that also has to be worked into our lives.
Remember: When one has the love that he should for the brethren, and the love that he
should for the people of the world , there is no way that he will fall away from Christianity.
This morning, let's study what Paul instructed the Roman Church to do and the view that
they should have in their love for "ALL MEN".
LOVE BLESSES ITS PERSECUTERS - v. 14 ..."BLESS THEM THAT PERSECUTE YOU;
BLESS AND CURSE NOT."
This is a principle throughout the Bible.
Love rather than retaliate.
Persecute - those who pursue.
Ex. David was pressed by Saul - persecuted.
II Tim. 3:12 - "Yea, and all that would live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."
Why should we love them?
Because they are lost in sin - bound for HELL.
Because they are of the same value in God's eyes that we are. (created in the image of God).
Because the world will never see our love if we don't.
Because it is commanded of God.
Because there may be a lot of talent useful to God's kingdom in these people.
LOVE IS INTERESTED IN OTHERS - v. 15... "REJOICE WITH THEM THAT REJOICE; WEEP
WITH THEM THAT WEEP."
Rejoice with them.
Genuine happiness for the success of others, even when you are not doing good yourself.
Ex. Some brethren for instance, when there is more than congregation in town have
a problem here. If one congregation has a fast growth rate, it is held under
suspect by the other. All along, the other would have rejoiced.
Pride destroys our ability to LOVE.
It wants us to try and destroy others to keep ourselves looking good.
Weep with them.
Bear one another's burdens - Gal. 6:2.
Love shows it's interest in others by sharing in their grief.
LOVE SEEKS POINTS OF AGREEMENT - v. 16a... "BE OF THE SAME MIND TOWARD
Our background wants us to seek differences.
This usually brings about an argument.
The best way to study with another person about something you differ on, is
to start with something you agree on.
Acts 7 - Stephen began with points of agreement and moved to the differences.
Phil. 2:2 - "Doing nothing through factions... or through vainglory, but in lowliness
of mind each counting others better than himself."
Christians of all people must be able to get along with all men.
LOVE REJECTS UNWORTHY AMBITIONS - v. 16b... "Set not your mind on high things."
This does not mean that we should not try to be good at anything.
It is important to always remember who we are.
Don't set your goal toward "personal pride".
III John 9 - "I wrote somewhat unto the church; but Diotrephes, who loveth to have
the preeminence among them, receiveth us not."
Christ is the only Preeminent One.
Col. 1:18 - "And he is the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence."
Praise seeking simply cannot be a part of the Christian's life.
Love of others does not allow it.
LOVE BENDS DOWN - v. 16c... "BUT CONCEND TO THINGS THAT ARE LOWLY."
Concend - put yourself on lower level.
If you can't bend down and associate with people that are in a lower life style
than you, then you don't love.
God's work cannot be done in pride.
Love realizes that all men are created equal in the "Image of God."
If God doesn't make a distinction, who are we to do so?
John 3:16 - God love the world, ALL of it.
LOVE AVOIDS SELF-ESTEEM - v.16d... "BE NOT WISE IN YOUR OWN CONCEITS."
Love shows humility in every area of life.
QUOTE: "The corn when it is green stand upright, when it is ripe, it bends down."
The Christian who is mature in his love bends down and avoids self-esteem.
A person who is wise in his own conceits is a FOOL.
Prov. 26:5 - "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own
LOVE REFUSES REVENGE - v. 17a... "RENDER TO NO MAN EVIL FOR EVIL."
Love doesn't strike back.
I Peter 2:21-23.
QUOTE: "Though it is manly to punish, it is God-like to forgive."
Eph. 4:32 - "and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even
as God also in Christ forgave you."
LOVE ENDEAVORS TO ATTRACT - v. 17b... "TAKE THOUGHT FOR THINGS HONORABLE
IN THE SIGHT OF ALL MEN."
Attention: Young People.
We are not to engage in conduct that would arouse suspicion to our Christianity.
We are to attract in our:
Demeanor... outward behavior.
You are responsible for what your external shows.
If it even has an appearance of evil, love rejects it.
LOVE STRIVES FOR PEACE - v. 18... "IF IT BE POSSIBLE, AS MUCH AS IN YOU LIETH, BE
AT PEACE WITH ALL MEN."
A christian cannot be a war-like person.
Hostilities will arise, but never let them be because of you.
Never let it be your fault.
I Cor. 6 - the Christian is to take the loss rather than cause trouble.
LOVE TRUSTS IT'S CAUSE TO GOD - v. 19... "AVENGE NOT YOURSELVES BELOVED, BUT
GIVE PLACE UNTO THE WRATH OF GOD: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, VENGEANCE BELONGETH
UNTO ME; I WILL RECOMPENSE, SAITH THE LORD."
When we strike back, we illustrate our "Lack of Faith" in God.
We're saying that God will not help us.
God sees the whole scope of things, we only see the things present.
Illustrated in Rev. 6:9-11.
God will get even for any harm that comes to you.
LOVE RETURNS GOOD FOR EVIL - v. 20... "BUT IF THINE ENEMY HUNGER, FEED HIM; IF
HE THIRST, GIVE HIM TO DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING THOU SHALL HEAP COALS OF FIRE
UPON HIS HEAD."
Love is the far greater weapon.
Love and good frustrate evil.
LOVE ALWAYS WINS THE TRUE VICTORY - v. 21... "BE NOT OVERCOME OF EVIL, BUT
OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD."
We may not always get the last word in, but we will win the victory.
When a person loves, truly loves, he will be able to face any situation knowing that he
will be victorious.
Has your life been filled with the proper love for all men?
The Christian's love is as important as any other area of salvation.