Love in Action – Run from Evil – Romans 12:9-10

Romans 12:9 – a verse about loving others – was quoted to me at a lunch meeting yesterday during a discussion on how we are all broken.

This – after a day earlier – a friend had sent me a blog article about making the decision to change.

And; as I reflect on the conversation yesterday and my decision to change – my healing has come from surrounding myself with like minded people and running from evil.

In doing so, admitting I can’t do it on my own, breaking from isolation and shame, steadily transforming a past unhealthily love of myself into an ever growing love for Jesus and others.

As I reread this blog entry – I am reminded how I constantly need to give God credit for the change in me as without our Heavily father orchestrating a vast number of details – my healing progress wouldn’t be possible – just a bunch of starts and stops.

And even though I still have ups and downs – every day – I’m a little better.  A work in progress – only finished the day I am in heaven.

Romans 12:9-10 (MSG)

9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Romans 12:9-10 (NIV)

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Matthew 22:37-40(MSG)

37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Other good reading – found this blog article “You Can’t Do It Alone!”  It’s loaded with encouraging bible verses on our need to be in community.

About GettingCloserToOurGod

This blog is written by Todd Christenson. He was raised in Nebraska and currently lives on Long Island in New York. Though out my childhood, my family attended church. We prayed together at meals. I thought I was prepared for life. After college, I moved to New York City. Shy, unsure of myself, building an identity in worldly things, increasingly prideful, self-righteousness, a controlling nature. In 2013, God spoke through someone, suggesting I confess my sins. I did. I realized that every day, I’d been glorifying myself, not God. Today, God’s teaching me to have my identity in Him, only, my dependency in Him, not myself, being who He wants me to be, not the world, loving Him first, loving others as myself.
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