Love and Relationship
February is a love month, I’m not sure that’s true for everyone, but at least for most people, it is. This is the time where most people love to talk about love and hear stories of love. Those who have stories of love, talks, and those who don’t have any, yet, at least they have some love stories to hear. One thing very interesting in any love stories, though, is that it is always tied to a particular relationship. They maybe friendship, family, work, marriage, neighborhoods, etc.. A Love story is not possible outside relationship. It is inextricably bound to it. And everyone wants to be in a relationship. Deep down, even an introvert person (someone who loves to be alone) hunger for relationship. We all have a sense of belongingness (the feeling of being connected and accepted within one’s family or community). It is God’s design for each one of us to hunger for a relationship. Love is exercise within a particular relationship. The unfortunate thing is that most people do not fail in love but in relationship. Sometime ago I read a comment, “Love is great, relationship sucks!” I am not sure if this is always true but I’m inclined to think that for a good many of people and to a greater degree this is a reality. We all witnessed a man and a woman truly head-over-heels in love with each other. We won’t even see any possibility of break ups. But the next thing we know they’ve become mortal enemies. We all see these things happening all around us. Some of them might be your friends, relatives, acquaintances, or maybe yourself. We wonder what went wrong. How such a wonderful relationship could end in such a mess? Isn’t love enough to keep relationships going? Now that’s a good question! Is not love enough to keep relationship going smoothly? What is the place of love in our relationships? To answer these questions, I would like us to turn to the words of the apostle Paul in the Book of Romans 12:9-21. Here, Paul outlines for us what I call The Christian Ethics (Patakaran ng mga Kristyano). A series of principles to govern our actions and behaviors based on the Christian Faith (Kristyanong Pananampalataya). Here, we will learn some beautiful insights how we can build and keep a harmonious, loving relationship. Rom 12:9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Rom 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Rom 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Rom 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Rom 12:13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Rom 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Rom 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. Rom 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay,"says the Lord. Rom 12:20 On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Let me be clear, first, that I will be speaking strictly within the Judeo-Christian Worldview, that is, with the underlying assumption that “every human being is created by God according to His Own Image and thereby possess an inherent worth or an unalienable right.” Christian Ethics (Patakarang Kristyano)
I have divided these passages into three categories, as proper interpretation suggest. The first category; verses 9-13: Rom 12:9 Love...
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