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that might lead one day to witnessing to this individual--who obviously has some serious personal issues. I was also reminded that as a Christian, I am to mimic Christ's dealings in difficult situations with people-both believers and unbelievers. My "light bulb" moment came after reading Romans 12-wherein I found: "do not be conformed to this world" (v.2), "bless those who persecute you" (v.14), "repay no one evil for evil" (v.17), "If it is possible, as much depends on you, live peaceably with all men" (v.18), "do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (v.21).

Romans 12 deals with practical Christian living. Most of Paul's letters begin with a doctrinal section and are then followed by a practical section. The doctrinal section of the letter concerns what to believe; the practical section concerns how to put those teachings to work in our daily lives.

As believers, we must recognize the importance of both correct doctrine and correct living. Trying to build a godly life on something other than the truths of God's Word (or doctrine) is like trying to build a house without a good foundation.

Conversely, having a correct understanding of Bible doctrine will be of little value unless it is "fleshed out" in a dedicated Christian life. Just as John the Baptist told the multitudes, "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance" (Matt. 3:8), so it must be among those who have professed faith in Christ. If we talk the talk, we must walk the walk.

HOW TO SAY IT

DISSIMULATION. Dis-sim-you-lay-shun. (To hide under false appearance; insincerity; hypocrisy)

LESSON OUTLINE

Living Sacrifices-Romans 12:1-2 Loving One Another-Romans 12:9-15 Learning Forbearance-Romans 12:16-21

SCRIPTURE TEXT

Romans 12:1-2, 9-21 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

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