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Romans 12:9–13 (ESV): "9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."
Genuine Christianity is accompanied by the marks of Christ. If Christ is in you, everyone, including yourself, will be able to see it.
After exhorting the Roman believers to live an altared life whereby they are not being conforming to the mold of the world but being transformed into the image of Christ, Paul now reveals what the marks of Christ look like in the life of a believer. A genuine Christian will love others more than himself, abhor evil, cling to what is good. They will be honorable and zealous and above all a servant that will contribute physically and financially to the local body.
It's important that you examine your heart to see whether the marks of Christ be in you. May you find that you are always generous with your love and affection toward one another. That you Rejoice and weep with your brothers and sisters. That you never defend yourself but you let God defend you. That you make it your business to make sure everyone around you feels loved. These are the mark of Christ and if you have them then He has you.
Father we thank You for the marks of Christ that accompany the life of a genuine believer. Would you reveal them to us and increase their presence? We want to love and serve each other in the same way Jesus would. Fill us with Your Spirit and if we find ourselves lacking would you show us what we must do to have these things in our lives. We ask these things in Jesus name, amen.
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