Many see the Word of God. . . very few comprehend!
Romans 12:10 (NIV)
10 Be devoted to one another in love.x Honor one another above yourselves.y
How are we to love one another? Take a close look at the Greek Word for Love in this particular verse.
Definition: To love, have affection for or to have a friendship
Exegetical Guide | Romans 12:10
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The English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament New International Version (2011)
τῇ φιλαδελφίᾳ εἰς ἀλλήλους φιλόστοργοι, τῇ τιμῇ ἀλλήλους προηγούμενοι, | NIV2011 NT RI
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. | NIV
φιλαδελφίᾳ philadelphia Be devoted to one another in love Honor one another above yourselves
φιλαδελφία philadelphia brotherly love
noun, dative, singular, feminine
Sense: brotherly love – the affection naturally befitting the relationship between siblings; especially as the affection of those who are now siblings in God’s family.
BDAG love of brother/sister
LSJ brotherly love; love of the brethren
φιλόστοργοι philostorgoi Be devoted to one another in love Honor one another above yourselves
φιλόστοργος philostorgos loving dearly; being devoted
adjective, nominative, plural, masculine
Sense: familially loving – loving in a way characteristic of the relationship between husband and wife, mother and child, father and son, etc.
BDAG loving dearly
LSJ loving tenderly, affectionate; affection
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Do we dearly love one another in the Church? Do we honor one another above ourselves? Are we devoted to those who fail in life and come alongside them during that failure? Or do you celebrate that failure with a cynical comment?
Those who are Godly should gently and humbly restore such a person.
Find another who needs your philia love.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Report from Africa # 2
Pictured above is a fireside chat with pioneer pastors of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, South Africa. God has used these leaders in unique and powerful ways over the last forty years. One Bishop has planted and is operating fifteen churches. Another has done the same with eight churches.
We brought them in for several days of rest, relaxation, renewal and vision casting for the future. The Word of God became the center of our discussions and sharing sessions. There biggest struggle was clearly the prophets who have descended on their country promising prosperity, miracles and a special Word from a Man of God!
It became clear that we need to get alone with God and allow Him to speak His Word to us. We need to contend for the faith with the truth of God's Word. But it must be done with a gracious and learned tongue. We need to speak the words that sustain the weary hearts of hurting people.
Each day seemed to swell above the thoughts of the day before! Stories were shared that cause you to pause and praise our wonderful God! I wish you could have been here to experience those electric moments.
Thank you for your prayers that brought this gathering to the throne of God. It has surpassed all of our hopes for this week. We can't wait to see you face to face and share some of the incredible stories.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
Today begins our first pastor retreat in Mpumalanga, South Africa and the anticipation is very encouraging. We will spend several days helping those church leaders and missionaries relax, refresh and reconnect with the Lord in an intimate manner.
Renewal and refocus is always needed among leaders in the ministry. So many pressures, concerns and issues can make a ministry heart weary. Meanwhile. . . other issues push for our attention and our prayer focus.
Pictured above is the building used by Euro Relief on the Island of Lesvos in Greece. Cathy and I have walked among these refugees and volunteers from all over the world at this location. Friendships have been forged and their concerns weigh heavy on our hearts.
Pray for Kim and Jenny Garrity as they seek to replace the destroyed container and supplies that were ruined. This is a difficult setback that will pressure the relief agencies resources amid a global tragedy.
Pray for Pastor Bonface of Zimbabwe as they face the consequences of marauding raiders who steal corn planted for starving orphans. The famine they face from the staggering rain drought over the last year is creating desperate circumstances. God’s miraculous feeding of the five thousand is certainly reflected in these circumstances.
In the book of Isaiah chapter fifty God the Father wakens Jesus the Son to give Him an instructed tongue. He taught him the words that sustain the weary. Those words are spoken in the presence of the fatigued. But they are also spoken at the throne of God the Father. Thank you for the prayers.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.