Romans 12:9-21 “Need a Hug”
Mar 16 2020
“Need a Hug”
With the latest global medical scare, Corona Virus, I’m a bit concerned not over contracting the virus, but that people’s fears may have adverse effects upon the body of Christ. One of the first casualties may be giving our brothers and sister a handshake or a hug. It reminds me of a story I read about A man who was walking by a used bookstore and saw a book that intrigued him by what he thought was its title “How to Hug”. When he went in to purchase the book he was disappointed because instead of a book on hugging it was an encyclopedia that covered “words from How to Hug”. I’m afraid that many times this describes people’s church experience as they come to Church to get a hug and instead of a demonstration they get clobbered by an encyclopedia. In Romans 12:9-13Paul mentions six ways to hug folks within the church:
- Vs. 9b “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good”: We need to realize that hugging involves the person not what they do or don’t do. We aren’t called to love what a person does we are called to love the person!
- Vs. 10a “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love”: Secondly, love remembers that action is based upon relationship not mutual friendship. Our concern isn’t based upon how well we know someone or how much we enjoy their company. The question is whether or not through Christ we are related to them.
- Vs. 12 “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer”: Fifth, church hugs need to possess the tri-fecta of joy:
- Vs. 10b “in honor giving preference to one another”: Third, if we are going to hug properly we are going to have to view people as more deserving than we are. It has been said that, “There is no limit to the good a person can do if they don’t care who gets the credit!”
- Vs. 11 “not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord”: Fourth, a good hug must remain enthusiastic despite the setbacks.
1. Praise: Believing that God is going to make something good come from the mountain we have made out of a mole hill.
2. Patience: It has to be patient when everything and everyone is rocking our boat, knowing that the rocking of the boat always leads to the stilling of the storm.
3. Prayer: It has to maintain constant communication trough out to the only One that can transform our biggest obstacle, ourselves.
- Vs. 13 “distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality”: Finally, if we are going to hug folk’s properly in church then we are going to need to do so practically and consistently!
Ok saints let’s not worry about this virus and go out and hug someone!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!