Since I’ve been in college, I have decided to turn over a new leaf. I’ve always had friends who have called on me when they needed advice for things like relationship issues, how to approach certain situations, etc. So after some thinking and praying, I thought it would be beneficial to start blogging my advice. As I post, I would like to remind anyone who may read this that the words I say, and the advice I give is not me, but Christ in me. I will pray intently before I write on any topic, in order that I may communicate well what the Lord has to say. He deserves the glory, and I am just one of the messengers he has sent to this earth to turn eyes, ears, and hearts towards him.
For my first post on here, I would like to share something that the Lord has recently opened my heart to: Romans 12:9-21 9
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Let’s start with “let love be genuine.” Obviously, this is where the name of this blog comes from. I absolutely love the word “genuine.” It’s so real and legitimate. It represents the love that Jesus has for us, and this passage encourages us to share that love with everyone we encounter. Genuine in Greek means pure. Jesus’ love for all is holy and PURE. That right there is where it all started. Someone had a pure love for us. A love so pure and sweet, they were willing to die so that we might live. If that doesn’t give you chills, I don’t know what will. I also hope that it convicts you to strive to be more like Jesus, and to make sacrifices to share his GENUINE love.
This passage goes on to describe the marks of a true Christian. Paul, the author of Romans, calls us to abhor and detest what is evil and cling with everything in us to what is good. We are also called to love one another with brotherly affection, and outdo one another in showing honor. This “outdoing one another” thing is not meant to be a competition, but a challenge be the best you can be. This is upheld by v. 11 saying not to be slothful in zeal, but fervent in spirit, and to serve the Lord.
We are also encouraged to rejoice in hope, be patient in trials and suffering, and constant in prayer. God wants to hear from us always. In the good times and the bad. No matter what, he is there, waiting to hear from us. While he may already know what is going on in our lives, he still wants us to rest in his open arms, so that we may grow in him. Paul was in prison and nearly beaten to death more times than I can count, and he still praised Jesus, even from the deepest, darkest jail cell.
In v. 14, Paul writes that we should bless those who persecute us. Now, I know we are told to do this, but honestly…do we really bless those who persecute us? Or would we rather get back at whoever did us wrong? In v. 15-20, Paul takes it even further by saying we should share each other’s joy and grief, and that we should live in harmony with one another. He also says we should be humble, honorable, and live peaceably with all. We are not to avenge ourselves, but instead love our enemies. By doing this we will show them the GENUINE love of Christ. We may think they don’t deserve our love, but do we deserve Jesus’ love? I know I sure don’t. Jesus loves everyone; we should too. WWJD?
The last verse, 21, says “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” That piece of scripture pretty much sums up our mission here on earth. We are here to point people to good [Jesus], who can overcome evil [Satan]. We are encouraged to not be consumed with the worldly temptations thrown our way, but that’s impossible for us as humans. That is where Jesus comes in. He died a horrible death on the cross so that our sinful hands will be washed clean. His GENUINE, perfect, selfless love for us is something that we should all take from and share with everyone we come into contact with during our time on this earth.
So, all that being said, my reason for starting this blog is to share the love of Jesus I have within me via the internet. I want the advice I give to everyone to be GENUINE advice not from me, but from God through me. I want to, like Paul in Romans, encourage all who read my posts to be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, and constant in prayer, because I know that the only thing getting me through life is the GENUINE love and satisfaction I get from my relationship with Jesus Christ.