Studies In The Book Of Romans
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1. How should Christians treat one another?
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).
Kind to each other (Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12, and IIPeter 1:3-10).
Affectioned [mutual love, loving affection) to each other (IICorinthians 7:14-15).
Brotherly love (John 13:34-35, Hebrews 13:1, IPeter 1:22, IPeter 2:17, IPeter 3:8, and IJohn 3:14-18).
Giving preference to each others (Matthew 20:26-27, Galatians 5:13, and Philippians 2:3).
Love ties into these things (ICorinthians 13:4-7).
2. Should Christians be lazy people?
No: “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11).
Not slothful in business [Strong’s # 4710; “speed, eagerness, diligence”] (Proverbs 6:6-11, Proverbs 13:4, Proverbs 18:9, Proverbs 22:29, Proverbs 24:30-34, and IIThessalonians 3:6-15).
Fervent in spirit (Colossians 4:12-13 and IPeter 4:8), but with caution (Acts 18:24-28 and Romans 10:1-3).
Serve God (Matthew 4:10, Romans 6:22, and Hebrews 12:28-29).
3. Should a Christian be able to rejoice in hope and continue in prayer through times of tribulation?
Yes: “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
We should be able to rejoice in difficult times because of hope (Romans 5:1-4).
Our hope should bring joy (Proverbs 10:28, IIThessalonians 2:16, and Hebrews 3:6).
We have to endure tribulation (Mark 13:13, IITimothy 3:10-12, and James 5:10-11).
Continuing instant in prayer (Luke 18:1, Acts 2:42, Philippians 4:6-7, Colossians 4:2, and IThessalonians 5:17-18).
4. Should Christians be willing to socialize with each other and help those Christians who may have financial struggles?
Yes: “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality” (Romans 12:13).
Helping truly needy brethren individually (Acts 4:34-37, Acts 11:27-30, Acts 20:34-35, Ephesians 4:28, and IJohn 3:17) and collectively (Romans 15:25-27, ICorinthians 16:1-4, and IICorinthians 8:1-9:14).
Understanding there is a time for the church to act and there is a time for the individual Christian to act (ITimothy 5:3-16).
Given to hospitality (Acts 16:13-15, Hebrews 13:2, and IPeter 4:9).
Each Scripture about or even close to about social action, never involves the local church collectively. It is not a work of the local church as a collective body, to feed or entertain one another (cf. Romans 14:17 and ICorinthians 11:16-34).
5. What action should we take against those who persecute us?
No action against them, but rather for them: “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not” (Romans 12:14).
Psalms 35:11-13, Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:28, Acts 7:51-60, and IPeter 2:21-23.
6. Should we be able to relate to one another in triumphs and sufferings?
Yes: “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep” (Romans 12:15).
We should feel what our brethren feel (Nehemiah 1:3-11, John 11:33-35, ICorinthians 12:25-27, Philippians 2:17-18, and Philippians 2:25-30).
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