Be A Lover And A Hater – October 10, 2016
Romans 12:9, Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 6:12, Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to Him as an instrument of righteousness.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a teaching series at Cottonwood Creek titled Relationship Goals God’s Way. My previous blogs covered: love, humility and forgiveness. The fourth fundamental of ‘Relationships Goals God’s Way is the goal of uncommon commitment.
In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul gives us five keys to uncommon commitment. The first key is be a lover and a hater. Here’s what the Bible says in Romans 12:9, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” If we want great relationships, we need to be a lover and a hater! We have to hate what is evil in our relationships and keep evil out, but we also need to love what is good in our relationships and keep that in. If you want to develop an uncommon commitment in your relationships, it starts with being a lover and a hater. Loving what is good and also hating what is bad for your relationship.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D