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Application of Romans 12:10-11

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Romans 12:10-11
“. . . community can be, inseparably, both a burden and indispensable support.”
James Poniewozik, Time Magazine
Through the Gospel, love solves our discouraging relationships in the Church.
Withdrawn?
Love Draws you Close

“We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness. We need others physically, emotionally, and intellectually. We need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.” – C.S. Lewis
Brotherly
Affection

philostorge
An authentic and deep care for others borne from gratitude
Showing
Honor

Philippians 2:3
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

1 Peter 2:17
“Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.”
To view and communicate that someone else is of greater value and deserving of deference instead of you
Weary?
Love Presses On

Galatians 6:9-10

“9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Slothful in Zeal
Fervant in Spirit
To be lazy in diligently pursuing relationships
God's Timing is my timing
not
God's Calling to love is
sure
God's Perspective is eternal and my view is
temporal
We persist because . . .
God's Work will reap in due season
An excitement for the work of the Spirit in and through you
Acts 18:24-25

"24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately."
Serve the Lord
Matthew 25:37-40

"37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
The perspective that any service no matter how small is actually given to or withheld from Christ
1. What is your biggest prayer burden for this next week?

2. Here is something that I appreciate about you (here is how I see Christ in you).

3. What was your biggest blessing of this past week?
Application
Get in a group if you only had brothers.

Get in a group if you only had sisters.

Get in a group if you had both brothers and sisters.

Get in a group if you were an only child.
Sibling Love
Get in a group if you grew up knowing and being close to Grandparents.

Get in a group if you didn’t grow up knowing and being close to your Grandparents.
Grandparent Love
Immediate Family
Get in a group if you would describe your relationship with all your immediate family (parents, children, and siblings) as close.

Get in a group if you would describe your relationships with all your immediate family as strained or distant.
- Unresolved Conflicts

- Lack of pursuit of someone on one side

- Intentional Withdrawal

- Unintentional lack of communication

- Time and distance between visits and communication

- Disagreements over important things (religion, family life choices, lifestyle choices, politics, etc.)
Family Relationships
as a Learning Tool
By using the term brotherly affection, Paul intends for us to lean into our family relationships as a tool to think about church relationships.
Brotherly Kindness in the Family
Paul praises the churches that show this love and challenges unloving churches and people to develop this love.
Truths that Drive us to Love in the Church
Brotherly Affection in the church is to be so counter-cultural that it is obvious and shocking.
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