Romans 12:9-21

1.    This is a stringing together of sayings with not much apparent connection, as is done in the book of Proverbs.

2.    Look for and circle or list the words for love in this section: Agape: 12:9, 19; Philia: 12:10, 13. Do you see any pattern in the use of these words?

3.    Is the love in this chapter primarily of believers toward other believers, or of believers toward unbelievers, or of believers toward various races? Or something else?

4.    Can you find Jesus’ teachings here? Compare Matthew 5:9, 39, 44. Can you discover others?

5.    What joy or excitement comes to you from this text? What questions arise for you out of the reading of this text? What did you learn that was new to you, or a new way of looking at something? What does this text tell you about God and about yourself? About humans in general?

Old Testament References
12:9    Psalm 34:14
12:16    Psalm 110:17-18
12:19    Deuteronomy 32:35, 41, 43; Psalm 94:1; (Hebrews 10:30)
12:20    Proverbs 25:21-22