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This exercise is taken from Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, page 174.

The information below has been modified from the original content to be used for a UME CORE program or dialogue.

“Love must by sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay.” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:9-21 NIV

Which of the many instructions given in these versed do you think members of your CORE or UME Community need to practice more than they do? (For example, you might respond: “We need to do more to share with God’s people who have needs. “) Check all that apply: Love others sincerely Bless those who persecute you Hate evil Rejoice with those who rejoice Cling to what is good Mourn with those who mourn Be devoted to one another Live in harmony with one another Honor one another Don’t be proud or conceited Serve the Lord with zeal Associate with people of low position 2 Be joyful in hope Don’t repay evil for evil Be patient in affliction Do what is right Be faithful in prayer Don’t take revenge Share with God’s people in need Overcome evil with good Practice hospitality Living sacrifices and renewed minds are necessary to “test and approve what God’s will is” (v.2).

Pride can cause problems in the body. You should think of yourself with sober judgment, honor others above yourself, live in harmony, and associate with people of low position. Christ followers need to practice all the instructions given in verses 9-21. Warning: following these instructions may be very costly! Pause to pray for specific ways God may want your CORE to act more like the body of Christ.

Communalogue: What is the most significant thing someone has done for us, that has influenced our walk with God? How do I feel sharing this with all of you? Special Note: Print one copy per person for program What if God designed marriage to make us holy more that to make us happy?


(Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage, Zondervan Publishing House