Paul's Love List (3)

Romans 12:11

By Pastor Craig Phelps, October 07, 2023

Introduction: Paul is describing the life that is surrendered to God that is being transformed by the love of God in Christ Jesus. This is genuine love in action. Last week, he spoke of our brotherly love to one another and how it should be a nurturing and caring love. He then spoke of how we honor or value one another saying that we should each lead the way by being an example in this for others. Now we arrive at verse 11 which I will translate word for word with no additions.

10 regarding brotherly love to one another - the love of a parent to a child, regarding honoring each other - leading the way by example.11 regarding diligence – not sluggish, regarding the spirit – boiling, regarding the Lord – serving. (PCMLV)

11a regarding diligence

• Diligence essentially means that we are and without .

• Read Galatians 6:7-10. What are we to do diligently?

• What good thing that you have the opportunity & ability to do haven’t you done? Why?

11b not sluggish (slothful)

• Sluggish or lazy is the very of being diligent.

• Here is how Proverbs describes the sluggard or lazy person.

  • They cannot (Proverbs 6:9, Proverbs 26:14)
  • They cannot (Proverbs 19:24)
  • They always have an (Proverbs 22:13 Proverbs 26:16)
  • They need results or gratification.(Proverbs 20:4)

Application: How can you apply these truths to your life at home, work and church?