I can't seem to shake Romans 12 from my thinking. I think there is much in this chapter that discusses and explains the transformed kind of life that we are called to who have found the love of the living Lord. This morning I was struck by words of verse 9:
Romans 12:9 Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
What struck me is that there is no inconsistency in going all out when it comes to loving other people and going all out when it comes to standing up for what is right. There are times when we must not tolerate actions and behaviors that are contrary to God's plan and word. We live in a time when the popular culture says we must tolerate many lifestyles that run counter to God's plan. But this isn't the right way and it isn't the way of love. Love starts as a chain anchored to God's truth and connected to the vessels of our hearts and minds. We only can love others, "really love" others, as Romans 12 tells us, when that love drives up and out of a life anchored to Truth. As the verse states at its end...What is right is what is good!