The last verse suggests what is not easily understood by the world; that in all strife and contention, those that revenge are conquered, and those that forgive are conquerors. 4 For as in one body we have many members, [5] and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 17 So zfaith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. "The joyful eagerness, the amiable grace, the affability going the length of gayety, which make the visitor a sunbeam penetrating into the sick-chamber, and to the heart of the afflicted.". Hence, it became necessary to appoint persons over these contributions, who should be especially charged with the management of them, and who would see that they were properly distributed; Acts 6:1-6. If any where a mild, amiable, cheerful, and patient disposition is needed, it is near a sick bed, and when administering to the wants of those who are in affliction. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also ufor the sake of conscience. ;" 2 Corinthians 8:7-8, (Greek) Hebrews 6:11. There are different needs; of care, of control, of construction; all building up the whole body. 16 gSo do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. v14: Our response to persecution; this refers to the continuous deliberate mistreatment at the hands of others. Take heed of forming plans for happiness, as though it lay in the things of this world, which soon pass away. he that giveth—in the exercise of private benevolence probably, rather than in the discharge of diaconal duty. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Love, without hypocrisy (Lev 2.11), pretence, favouritism; love puts others before oneself. See also Acts 17.21, and contrast Jer 6.16; there is a need for simple obedience. It means here that they should be attentive to the duties of their vocation, and engage with ardor in what was committed to them to do. But to what class of persons reference is had here, and what was precisely their duty, has been made a matter of controversy, and it is not easy to determine. True Christian love will make us take part in the sorrows and joys of each other. God glorifies his grace by changing the hearts and tempers of the rebellious. It is the natural state of every one of us, to be wild by nature. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. l“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); ( A) I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[ a] by the mercies of God, ( B) to present your bodies. 12. This teaches us how to understand other prayers of David against his enemies; they are prophecies of the judgments of God, not expressions of his own anger. 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? Diligence and fervency must be directed aright in the service of God; either can be misdirected into other things. This is taught by Christ also, Matt 5.44; John 13.34; and perfectly demonstrated in His life. ν μορφὴν ἀναδεχόμενος, τῇ ἀνακαινώσει τοῦ νοός, τὸ ἀγαθὸν καὶ εὐάρεστον καὶ τέλειον, While a man’s mind continues in its original condition, how sagacious soever he may be, he cannot prove the will of God. It requires the bestowment of a favor without seeking any personal or selfish ends; without partiality; but actuated only by the desire to bestow them in the best possible manner to promote the object for which they were given; 2 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Corinthians 9:11, 2 Corinthians 9:13; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22. Whatever our gifts or situations may be, let us try to employ ourselves humbly, diligently, cheerfully, and in simplicity; not seeking our own credit or profit, but the good of many, for this world and that which is to come. Thus, to be godly, is to give up ourselves to God. Labour as much as you can to agree in the same spiritual truths; and when you come short of that, yet agree in affection. The apostle having closed the part of his epistle wherein he argues and proves various doctrines which are practically applied, here urges important duties from gospel principles. Share with other Christians, and show hospitality. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Depending on Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and delight in whatever is kind and useful. Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. 13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. 28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. Those committed to God are more interested in blessing others than in pleasing themselves. All things in heaven and earth, especially those which relate to our salvation, that belong to our peace, are all of him by way of creation, through him by way of providence, that they may be to him in their end. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, llive peaceably with all. v6-8: A right attitude to our God-given gifts. v1: "Therefore;" our response to what has gone before; Our motivation is "the mercies of God." The apostle Paul knew the mysteries of the kingdom of God as well as ever any man; yet he confesses himself at a loss; and despairing to find the bottom, he humbly sits down at the brink, and adores the depth. The sense is unusual, and the rendering simplicity or singleness is defensible in all the passages. Study the things that make for peace; if it be possible, without offending God and wounding conscience. Subscribe to a study package to unlock the ESV Study Bible, the interactive Knowing the Bible study series, the Preaching the Word commentary series, and more. 18 But I ask, have they not heard? He that has this rule over his spirit, is better than the mighty. 3 For fby the grace given to me I say to everyone among you gnot to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, heach according to ithe measure of faith that God has assigned. Believers are to dedicate themselves to God. 9 Let love be genuine. There is a class of religious minds which is especially apt to forget this. Leaders respect the past, address the present, and live for the future. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you bstand fast through faith. Divine curses will work long; and we have our eyes darkened, if we are bowed down in worldly-mindedness. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since she gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. Used by permission. Let us render ourselves; all we are, all we have, all we can do: and after all, what return is it for such very rich receivings? [ b] 2. First Moses says. 15 For if their rejection means xthe reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? The professed love of Christians to each other should be sincere, free from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. gives son of exhortation. Some have a more public role than others, but that does not make one more important than another. It is to be done with cheerfulness, pleasantness, joy; with a kind, benign, and happy temper. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. It may be added that the example of the Lord Jesus Christ is the brightest which the world has furnished of this temper. 33 Oh, the depth of the riches and swisdom and knowledge of God! 4 For eChrist is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.2, 5 For fMoses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that gthe person who does the commandments shall live by them. 10 Brothers,1 my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. We have here an account of the establishment, the order, and the duties of the different members of the Christian church.