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A Chriatian?? Act Like One


"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another in brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality" (Rom. 12: 9-13).

Decorum; 1. proper behavior; good taste in conduct, speech, dress, etc.; act with decorum, observe decorum at church. There is no way to separate the Christian faith from the Christian life. Like peas and carrots, they just go together. They feed off one another, in a give and take kind of way. A Christian is more than a person who only affirms. The wearing of the name Christain requires that one live a special life....A life of holiness. To put it into everyday, easily understandable terms, it means that a Christian ought to act like a Christian!

Today's verses put together a pretty good "mini-guidebook" on Christian decorum. The apostle Paul writes here that it starts with love. A non-hypocritical love that abhors evil and clings to what is good. A kindly affection to one another in brotherly love that give honor and preference to one another. Jesus put love first and second in His list of commandments. (Mark 12: 29-31) Paul puts it first as he lists the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22 & 23. Peter makes it the crowning virtue in his list of special Christian traits (2 Peter 1:7). James called it the royal law in James 2:8. I think that Paul wants us all to know that love must be without any pretense. This love that he writes about isn't a mushy/gushy love, but rather a love that involves how we act! John writes; "Little children, let us not love with word or tongue, but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18).

In today's verses, Paul takes a Christian's love to the next level. After the hugs and sentiment of love, there is much still left to do. Love is about behavior....Decorum....The practice of true Christian love has a lot to do after the hugs and tears. It is about our behavior....We are, in the exercise of love, to be: diligent, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord....rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Lastly, Paul talks about the needs of others and our responsibility towards them and our hospitality. If we are to make the claims of being a follower of Jesus, our love must be put into action. In short, if we say we are Christians, we must act like Christians.

Have a great beginning to your week.... In love, go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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