Faith in Christ expresses itself in acts of love.

BibleGateway: Romans 12:9-21

ESV Audio


ESV Text: Romans 12:9-21

Romans 12:9–21

Marks of the True Christian

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,1 serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.2 Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it3 to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Footnotes

[1] 12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit

[2] 12:16 Or give yourselves to humble tasks

[3] 12:19 Greek give place

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 12
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 399:
Thee Will I Love, my Strength

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1. Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower; 
Thee will I love, my Hope, my Joy; 
Thee will I love with all my power, 
With ardor time shall ne’er destroy. 
Thee will I love, O Light Divine, 
So long as life is mine. 

2. Thee will I love, my Life, my Savior, 
Who art my best and truest Friend; 
Thee will I love and praise forever, 
For never shall Thy kindness end; 
Thee will I love with all my heart, 
Thou my Redeemer art. 

3. I thank Thee, Jesus, Sun from heaven, 
Whose radiance hath bro’t light to me; 
I thank Thee, who hast richly given 
All that could make me glad and free; 
I thank Thee that my soul is healed 
By what Thy lips revealed. 

4. Oh, keep me watchful, then, and humble 
And suffer me no more to stray; 
Uphold me when my feet would stumble, 
Nor let me loiter by the way. 
Fill all my nature with Thy light, 
O Radiance strong and bright! 

5. Oh, teach me, Lord, to love Thee truly 
With soul and body, head and heart, 
And grant me grace that I may duly 
Practice fore’er love’s sacred art. 
Grant that my every thought may be 
Directed e’er to Thee. 

6. Thee will I love, my Crown of gladness; 
Thee will I love, my God and Lord, 
Amid the darkest depths of sadness, 
Not for the hope of high reward– 
For Thine own sake, O Light Divine, 
So long as life is mine. 


Hymn: LSB 845 Where Charity and Love Prevail
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