March 31, 2012

Romans 12:9-13

9 Love should be shown without pretending. Hate evil, and hold on to what is good. 10 Love each other like the members of your family. Be the best at showing honor to each other. 11 Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic—be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! 12 Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of God’s people, and welcome strangers into your home." (CEB)

Paul just got done describing the Church as the parts of a body working together. Now he is challenging us to love each other like family. Most families have a way of loving each other even when things get messy. It seems as though the Church should do the same. This sort of "family love" allows us to love each other even when life gets messy or when we need to challenge each other in some way. So, my question to you is: Are you an active part of a church family? Why or why not? If so, what kind of "family member" are you?

What do you find meaningful, confusing, or challenging in this passage?