September 21, 2018

Are You a "Me" Monster?

Romans 12:9–12

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Marks of the True Christian

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,1 serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Footnotes

[1] 12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit

In Context:

4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. 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. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

Are You a "Me" Monster?



Bio | Taylor Turner

Hey, friends! My name is Taylor Turner. and I'm on staff here at Watermark! I work with our Equipping Team, and I hear that those Core Classes are AWESOME! Go check them out! 

Who am I?

  • Lover of laughter (usually at all the wrong times) 
  • World traveler 
  • Creature of the Word
  • Friend to strangers 

What is the Lord teaching me?

Well, interestingly enough, He has shown me the depth of my own selfishness. Let's dive into these verses and see what truth Scripture can point us to! 

Central Truth

We model love for others by putting them first because we have been loved by a perfect Father first.

 

 

Devotional | Romans 12:9–12

Have you ever heard the term me monster used to describe someone? It comes from a comedy skit by Brian Regan where he describes some characters we have all encountered before: those constantly talking about...

Have you ever heard the term me monster used to describe someone? It comes from a comedy skit by Brian Regan where he describes some characters we have all encountered before: those constantly talking about themselves; and when not having the floor in the conversation, impatiently waiting for the speaker to finish so they can talk again. The unattractive characteristic he is describing here is nothing other than selfishness.

Selfishness comes naturally to us. Think back to the Fall in Genesis 3 when Eve decided to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil to fulfill her desire to be wise (Genesis 3:6). She had received clear instruction not to eat of the tree, but out of her selfish desire, she did. Scripture tells us that desire (selfishness) is innate. Scripture also tells us that desire can lead to death. “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” (James 1:14-15, emphasis added)

So how do we combat the death that our sinful, selfish nature produces? Paul repeats two specific commands in this passage that will guide us in turning our selfishness into selflessness.

  1. Love must be genuine. (Romans 12:9)
  2. Love one another with brotherly affection. (Romans 12:10)

How appropriate that the second greatest commandment Jesus gave us is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39b) If we genuinely love one another with brotherly affection, we are opposing our greedy nature. Love cannot be selfish, or it is not true love. True Love died for us on a cross that we deserved because of His genuine love for us. So, friends, let us count others more significant than ourselves (Philippians 2:3) to defeat the me monster that lives inside us all.

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Discussion Questions

1. What selfish desires are getting in the way of sincere love this week?

2. How can you "outdo one another in showing honor" today? 

3. What does the passage teach you about the character of God? 

2 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson about 9 hours ago

Be Real. That’s what this opening verse says to me. Where the ESV says “genuine”, other translations say “without hypocrisy, unfeigned, without deceit”.

February 2013. My first night in re:gen. The leader’s announcements started with “My name is John and I am recovering from addictions to alcohol, pornography and whatever would numb me out”. Hard to be more real than that.

Love in this verse is agape. Paul’s exhortation using this word links me back to John 21 where Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him. Jesus knows there is no way Peter can agape Him so He asks him twice for “agape” then asks Peter using “philia”.

There is no way I can agape any other person. Not Amy, not my kids and certainly not a bunch of broken-down addicts like me.

Only with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit do I have a chance.

Michael Scaman about 21 hours ago

Romans 12:11 bottom lines it all as “serve the Lord” in the center of talk about life in the body.

In the middle of calls for use of gifts including showing a big hearted love and mercy and generosity (and being generous with affections) is “serve the Lord”. Then more calls to keep on keeping on and openhanded generosity (generously repeated) , giving, blessing, showing empathy, pity, associating with the lowly, no ego tripping, rather an honorable life that honors others more than self

My daughter is youth minister at a church that has phrases ‘gracism’ and ‘gracenomics’ on how very different ethnic and economic backgrounds in the church are should be in community with each other

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