Bible Study Outline on Romans 12:9-21 – Love Others as Yourself

Always Help Those Who Ask You for a Favor

 

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Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 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. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 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. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:9-21 KJV)

The second most important commandment in the bible is to love one another as how you love yourself. You are to treat others the same way how you want others to treat you. You must always help others who are needy. You must not turn away anyone who comes to you with a need. For example, if your friend do not have a job, do not have money to buy food, and do not have a place to stay, you should let him stay in your home temporarily and share your food with him until he has found a job. If you have a relative who is poor, you have the responsibility to take care of him. It is not right to push your relative for example mother, father, or distant relative to a charity home or church when you are able to look after him.

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. (2 Thessalonians 3:13 KJV)

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38 KJV)

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27 KJV)

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well. (James 2:8 KJV)

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:33-34 KJV)

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5 KJV)

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. (Matthew 5:42 KJV)

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 KJV)

Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. (1 Peter 5:3 KJV)

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10 KJV)

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV)

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31 KJV)

Don’t Be Selfish and Stingy with Your Possessions

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Christians must not be selfish and stingy with their possessions. Often, we will think of ourselves first before thinking about others. In order to be a good Christian, we must always put others in priority before ourselves. Whatever you do, you must be considerate and think about the needs of others first. You must be generous with your possessions, always be willing to share what you have with others. When someone wants to borrow from you, you should lend to him without charging interest or setting a deadline to repay.

Let brotherly love continue. (Hebrews 13:1 KJV)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35 KJV)

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (Proverbs 19:17 KJV)

He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. (Proverbs 22:9 KJV)

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. (Psalm 41:1 KJV)

And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. (Acts 4:32 KJV)

Owe No One Anything and Clear Your Debt

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If you owe a debt, you must pay it back to the person when you have the means to do so. If your credit card has a lot of outstanding balance that is not cleared, you should do your best to clear your credit card debt. Not paying your debt when you have money is not an act of love. Christians who are in high standing positions must be humble and not proud. You must not be proud to associate with the people with low social status. We are not to let any debt remain outstanding otherwise the blessings of God cannot flow through to you.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7 KJV)

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 KJV)

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. (Psalm 37:21 KJV)

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. (Romans 13:7 KJV)

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:10-12 KJV)

Strive for Peace and Love Your Enemies

 

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Christians must strive to live in harmony with everyone. You are not to find reason to grumble, complain or quarrel with people. You must do everything without murmuring or grumbling. Whatever you do must not pose a stumbling block to another brother or sister in Christ. For example, it is wrong to drink beer in front of a brother in Christ who has just come out of alcohol rehab and recovered from alcoholism. Anything that does not edify and build up others should not be done.

We are to love our enemies and be kind to them even when they have offended us. You are to pray for your enemies. If you are kind to your enemies, they probably will change one day and turn to Jesus Christ. If you have an enemy, you can ask God to help you take vengeance. Christians are not to take revenge on their enemies and repay evil with evil. On the contrary, we are to repay evil with good.

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (Colossians 3:12-14 KJV)

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:2 KJV)

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 KJV)

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7 KJV)

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15 KJV)

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. (Romans 12:10 KJV)