Do Your Part
Romans 12: 9-11
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
In the above bible passage, Paul was instructing Christians to be careful in how they treat one another.
When a person has believed in Jesus and has accepted the Lord Jesus into their heart as their Lord, they become a member of God’s family. He or she is no longer ordinary. Their value is as high as the value God has placed on them…and that is a very high value because he gave His life for them. He exchanged his life here on earth, for their own life.
Therefore, when you encounter a fellow son or daughter of God, you are actually looking at your brother or sister in Christ. We all in Christ belong to one family known as the Household of Faith, having one Father: GOD. In this household one major thing expected of all the family members is to love each other.
An understanding of this will help you understand how you are expected to relate with a fellow child of God. We have to be careful with how we allow strive and jealousies and envies and offenses have a place in our hearts against one another in the household of Faith, REGARDLESS OF WHO IS RIGHT OR WRONG. As a child of God you can no longer do this to your brother/sister in Christ. You are not permitted to have such in your heart against anyone at all, talk less of against a fellow believer
Romans 12: 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
As much as it is possible for you, you are expected to live at peace with everyone. Do your part by pursuing peace to the best of your ability, even if it means giving up your rights to be right per time. This is not an easy task because truthfully there are children of God who would test your patience and who would push you to the wall and even be mean to you. But think about it, isn’t that what happens in every biological family unit? There would always be that one son or daughter or both who is/are the headache of everyone in that family. However, their erring or lack of responsibility does not make them less of a son or a daughter in that home. No matter how badly behaved they are, they always remain family. Isn’t this so?
Do your part and love both the loveable brother and sister, as well as the one you think is ‘unlovable’. If Christ loves them enough to share His blood for them, it means he does not joke with them, they are the apple of His eyes and so are you. The devil knows just how important and how precious a believer is to God. You ought to know this too and act accordingly.
Galatians 6: 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
As a believer, understand that whatever you do or say to a fellow believer, you are saying and doing it to a person who God loves, who God died for, who God holds in high esteem, and who God lives in. He or she may not look like it, and may not always act like it, however if Christ loved them enough to die for them, then they are God’s own. Do your part and handle with care, handle with love
And what does love look like? See it in 1st Corinthians 13: 4-8
- Love suffers long and is kind;
- love does not envy;
- love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up;
- does not behave rudely,
- does not seek its own,
- is not provoked,
- thinks no evil;
- does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
- bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails…