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Sunday Readings: 10/11/09 – Romans 12:3, 9-19a, 20-21; James W. Fowler

Romans 12:3, 9-19a, 20-21

 

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve God. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the community; extend hospitality to strangers.

14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Celebrate with those who are joyful, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, …If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 
Excerpt from "Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning" by James W. Fowler

 

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