Outlines that Preach: Characteristics of Growing Christians. In Romans 12:9-21 we read, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (10) Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; (11) Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; (12) Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; (13) Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. (14) Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (15) Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (16) Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. (17) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
A Growing Christian will LOVE: verse 9
A Growing Christian will ABHOR EVIL: verse 9
A Growing Christian will CLEAVE to the GOOD: verse 9
A Growing Christian will be KINDLY AFFECTIONED one to ANOTHER: verse 10
A Growing Christian will PREFER OTHERS in HONOR: verse 10
A Growing Christian will be DILIGENT (not slothful): verse 10
A Growing Christian will be FERVENT in SPIRIT: verse 11
A Growing Christian will SERVE the LORD: verse 11
A Growing Christian will REJOYCE in HOPE: verse 12
A Growing Christian will be PATIENT in TRIBULATION: verse 12
A Growing Christian will be PERSISTENT in PRAYER: verse12
A Growing Christian will be BENEVOLENT: verse 12.
Forgiven – author unknown
Not far from New York is a cemetery lone,
Close guarding its grave stands a simple headstone.
And all the inscription is one word alone – "Forgiven."
No sculptor's fine art hath embellished its form,
But constantly there, through the calm and the storm,
It beareth this word from a poor fallen worm – "Forgiven."
It shows not the date of the silent one's birth,
Reveals not his frailties, nor lies of his worth, But
speaks out the tale from his few feet of earth – "Forgiven."
The death is unmentioned, the name is untold,
Beneath lies the body, corrupted and cold,
Above rests his spirit, at home in the fold – "Forgiven."
And when from the Heavens, the Lord shall descend,
This stranger shall rise, and to glory ascend,
Well-known and be-friended, to sing without end – "Forgiven."
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