The following is the thirty-second week’s lesson. The presence of Christ in the Christian brings the humbly edifying, subordinated, and loving ministry of Christ to the church and the world. Join us next week as we consider how to love your fellow man, especially those who are weak (Romans 14).
Flow of thought: 12:1-2—“Have this mind among you…appropriate worship”; 12:3-8—diverse gifts among Christians; 12:9-13—exhortation to love, hope, and charity among Christians; 12:14-21—deeds of love and kindness rather than revenge; 13:1-7—orders in created world and human social orders; 13:8-14—daily worship expressed in love for all.
8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (NKJV)