Sunday Bible Study: Romans 13:11-14
We started our journey through Advent with a discussion of Paul's encouragement to the Christians in Rome to waste no time in preparing for the coming of Christ. To live as one who is always prepared for Christ's return is to live in a continual state of awareness of God's love and goodness. If we can love ourselves, and love others, we will be drawing close to God's will for us...that all people are worthy of God's love and partakers of God's righteousness.
The group explored the "love" that Paul was commending to the Roman Christians...the "agape" love of action for the other...as stated in the study guide, "To love someone is actively to pursue that person's good, however we may feel about them emotionally." There is a depth to the "agape" love that is different than other types of "love" translated from the Greek, "eros" or "philia" or "storge" love. For a fuller discussion on this topic, you can read C.S. Lewis' book, The Four Loves (link here).
For continuing study on your own, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below): In verses 13:12-13, what does it mean to you to lay aside the acts of darkness and put on the armor of light? In the "Where is God in these words" paragraph, what do you think of the idea of being in "solidarity in grace" rather than being in "solidarity in sin?" And finally, reading from the last paragraph of the study guide, how might you fill your days with hope, rather than despair, knowing that Christ's return in the Second Advent brings the glorious future God intended for the world?
Below you will find the study guide for your own review and reflection: