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Summary of Romans 12:9-10

Summary of Romans 12:9-10Romans 12:9 Excerpt ‎Paul began these specific exhortations with the key ingredient for success: Love must be sincere. This is God’s love, which has been ministered to believers by the Holy Spirit (5:5) and must be ministered by them to others in the Holy Spirit’s power. “Sincere” translates anypokritos (lit., “without hypocrisy”), also used of love (2 Cor. 6:6; 1 Peter 1:22), of faith (1 Tim. 1:5; 2 Tim. 1:5), and of wisdom (James 3:17).

Witmer, John A. “Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 488. Print.

Charismata

CharismataRomans 12:6-8 Excerpt ‎Paul then applied what he had just said (vv. 3-5) to the exercise of God-given abilities for spiritual service (vv. 6-8). He built on the principle, We have different gifts (cf. v. 4, “not all have the same function”; cf. 1 Cor. 12:4). The grace-gifts (charismata) are according to God’s grace (charis). He listed seven gifts, none of which—with the possible exception of prophesying—is a sign gift. The Greek text is much more abrupt than any English translation; let him is supplied for smoother English.

Witmer, John A.“Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 488. Print.

Evil

EvilRomans 12:9 Excerpt ‎Evil (Heb. ra’; Gk. kakos, ponēros, phaulos). Evil has a broader meaning than *sin. The Heb. word comes from a root meaning ‘to spoil’, ‘to break in pieces’: being broken and so made worthless. It is essentially what is unpleasant, disagreeable, offensive. The word binds together the evil deed and its consequences. In the NT kakos and ponēros mean respectively the quality of evil in its essential character, and its hurtful effects or influence. It is used in both physical and moral senses. While these aspects are different, there is frequently a close relationship between them. Much physical evil is due to moral evil: suffering and sin are not necessarily connected in individual cases, but human selfishness and sin explain much of the world’s ills. Though all evil must be punished, not all physical ill is a punishment of wrongdoing (Lk. 13:2, 4; Jn. 9:3; cf. Job).

Howley, G. C. D.“Evil.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 348. Print.

Hypocrisy

HypocrisyRomans 12:9 Excerpt ‎[Hypocrisy is] a term and idea that are primarily limited in the Bible to the NT writings. The Greek word transliterated into English as ‘hypocrite’ was used to denote an actor, one who performed behind a mask. Thus the popular understanding came to be that of persons who pretended to be something that they were not. It is interesting to note, however, that hypocrisy does not appear to be so limited in meaning in the NT. The term can sometimes denote general wickedness or evil, self-righteousness, pretense, or breach of
‎The best-known passage in the NT describing hypocrisy is Matthew /Matt.* 23:1*/23, where self-righteousness and pretense are both in evidence (cf. also Matt. 6:2, 5, 16; 7:5; 15:7; 22:18; 24:51; Mark 7:6; Luke 6:42; 12:56; 13:15). Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible Dictionary 1985 : 414. Print.

A Silver Half-Shekel

‎Rome operated a mint in Tyre that produced silver shekels of high purity (94 percent silver or more). This was the coin used ordinarily to pay the temple tax.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Jeremiah 1:8 KJV Translation: Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. NKJV Translation: Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, said the LORD. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

My Prayer for the Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Circa. 50-60 Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
Father I thank You for this day. I thank You for the anointed prophet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He told youto "Go and lead your people out of the stagnant political and racist systems of white America in with its ‘Jim Crow’ system of government." Today the system is better but whites still have racist egos and show the Negro a de-facto integrated system from the Congress and Supreme Court downward.   The "I Had a Dream" speech today is only partly fulfilled, and still has a very long way to fulfillment from within America today.
But you like Moses whom was showed the Promise Land of his people, and he would not cross over.  In today's era to see a promise of a Negro President of America, a pass Supreme Court Justice that was a true man for the peoples of America, and other high government and educational achievements of the Negro would have made you happy to see the changes through constant …

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 20
While You Are WaitingMatthew 24:29–25:13
Jesus’ instructions to His disciples about His returnhave inspired many to incorrectly predict His second coming. But if we read His parables, we find that they’re not so focused on the future. Jesus prepares His disciples for His absence, and for the end times, because He wants them to be hopeful, expecting His return. He wants them to be ready and watchful. But He wants them to do all of these things by being fully engaged in the present, readying His kingdom.

Jesus’ parable of the Wise and Wicked Servants demonstrates this attitude. While the faithful and wise servant provides for the master’s household during his absence, the wicked servant uses the time flippantly: carousing and beating his fellow servants. When the master returns, the faithful servant is promoted for his service, and the wicked servant is punished. The parable presses the disciples to use their time wisely during Jesus’ absence by doing the work they were called t…