Romans 12:9-21 (New American Standard Bible)
9 Let love be without hypocrisy Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;
11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly Do not be wise in your own estimation.
17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.
20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
The type of love described in Romans 12:9-21 is a love that only the Holy Spirit can manifest in our hearts if we truly seek God’s will in our lives.
These are the things we must cling to in order to overcome evil and be a witness for Jesus Christ:
- Devoted prayer
- Bible study
- Meditate upon God’s Word
- Encourage each other
- Help each other and help those in need
- Love those who hate us
- Abhor evil
- Do not be taken captive by the world
Let us walk in a way that reflects the love of Christ(1 Thessalonians 3:11-13). Let us walk in a way that shows we are in the world but are not of the world(1 John 2:14-16). Let us always remember Jesus’s example when He washed the feet of his disciples(John 13:3-17) as we ponder Romans 12:9-21. We must remember that our faith is often reflected in our works(James 2:14-26). Let us always strive to follow Jesus in everything that we do.