LIVE LIKE A CHRISTIAN PART 1 (Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.)

January 4, 2015



(1. Let love be genuine. 2. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.)


Paul gives us at least 13 things a Christian should practice during our sanctification.  We must continually remind ourselves what is to live like a Christian.  These particular verses should be committed to memory and recited in our prayers.  Our help in our struggles comes from the Lord.  The Lord will enable, strengthen and provide our ability to live as He commands.


These verses are concerning our sanctification not our justification.




Romans 12:9-21

  1. Let love be genuine.
  2. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
  3. Love one another with brotherly affection.
  4. Outdo one another in showing honor.
  5. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
  6. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation,
  7. be constant in prayer.
  8. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
  9. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
  10. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
  11. Live in harmony with one another.
  12. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
  13. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. (18) If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  (19)  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  (20)  To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  (21)  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


  1. Memorize this!

Daily reading!

In your mind 12:2 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind

Peter in 2nd Peter speaks of the qualities of a Christian


2 Peter 1:12-13

  1. Get it into your HEART?

Get it into your heart and on your mind!

Hebrews 10:16


  1. Let love be genuine. 2. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.


  1. Do it, How??? By the mercies of God

Romans 12:1


  1. Let love be genuine.
  • Romans 12 – Gifts followed by love!
  • 1 Corinthians 12 – Gifts followed by Love! Chapter 13
  • Ephesians 4:11 gifts followed by love!


Ephesians 4:15-16


  • As opposed to what? Hypocrisy
    • To be what one is not
    • Concealing one’s real character or motives
    • False appearance of virtue
    • An actor
    • Putting on a mask
  • What it is genuine love?
    • Genuine or real not fake
    • Sincere Love ~ Not just words!
    • Putting others first and yourself last
    • Example of Christ


John 15:12-14

  1. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

Abhor – Used once in the Bible – Compound of two other words.

  1. To hate
  2. To turn from
  3. To avoid

Abhor – Highest degree  Cleave – Highest degree


Can’t have a pure love for good without ALSO hating evil!

Psalms 97:10

Proverbs 8:13


  • How does God perceive evil?

Psalms 5:4-8

  • What is evil?
  • Good and Evil is NOT defined by you or what you like or don’t like!
  • Jesus used the word evil ~ Loss of friends! FACEBOOK
  • Anything that is not good according to God BLACK and WHITE

Matthew 13:49 ESV

  1. Hold fast to what is good.


  • Cleave, Cling, Dust to the sandals, Joined – to a prostitute, glue
  • Good – God or anything God approves of.


1 Thessalonians 5:21-24


  • How do you do all this?


1 Thessalonians 5:24

Romans 12:1

Bible References

  • Romans 12:9 - 21

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