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The Christian's Conduct Within The Church (Part 2)

(Rom. 12: 13-16)  “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.” Again as we look at the conduct of the Christian within the Church, the Apostle Paul continues his list of direct commands. First of all we are commanded to care for one another. It’s one thing to tithe to the church but it’s something else to be willing to financially help others. God never intended the church to be a welfare program, but He does desire us to have compassion on those in need. “Hospitality” means that we are to open up our lives to be gracious and serving to all men. Learning to “bless” those that attack us, rather than “curse” them in retaliation. Our lives need to be uplifting, “rejoicing” with others when things go right and comforting to them when in sorrow. In other words, emotionally involved in the lives of those in our Church. God wants us to be a united body of believers and not just attenders, by humbly serving one another without pride or prejudice. “Minding not high things,” meaning that we are to put the needs of others above our own, and if we will do this, God’s love will draw people in through us, and abound for the glory of God and our edification!

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