Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Christian and His Conduct: Conduct Guided by Charity (Part IV)

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” (Romans 12:13)

Distributing is the word from which fellowship is derived. It means to have a share in. Having a share in the needs of others is actually a privilege since this allows the Christian to experience the love of Christ in a sacrificial way. Given to is a word which means to persecute or pursue. The same word is used in I Corinthians 14:1 where the believer is commanded to follow after charity. As a man would pursue and assail his enemy, so the saint is to chase down hospitality.

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” (Romans 12:14)

The saint's ability to bless those who are against him is certainly a hallmark of the Christian faith. This ability comes only through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Lord embodied this principle as He hung on the cross and spoke concerning His persecutors, “...Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).” The verb bless means to speak well of. This response is completely opposite to what the flesh desires; therefore, it is an excellent indicator as to whether or not a believer is filled with the Spirit, and a complete inability to honor this command is an indication of the Spirit's absence.

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