Recently while attending a friend’s wedding the preacher during the service read from Romans chapter 12, specifically verses 9-21. I thought to myself, why this verse and are these verses even talking in a physical wedding context between a man a woman. Romans chapter 12 verses 9-21 reads, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil: hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you: bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written. Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” To me personally when I read these verses marriage isn’t the first thing that pops into my head. Upon further research of why these verses I learned that Romans 12 was read during the royal wedding, which for me gives me further interest into why is this verse so important to love and between the marriage of a husband and wife. One source says, “If an engaged couple wanted a simple listing of virtues to bring into their marriage and cultivate there, Romans 12 provides it. There are some wordings that seem strange given our modern tastes, but they really stand out and make one think.” I like the way in which this source provides insight into why this verse may be so important to a wedding ceremony and a newly married couple. This source makes a good point that these verses provide simply rules and guidelines that will lead you into the right way of thinking not only in marriage but also in life. I think that my other source also provides some interesting insight into Romans chapter 12 and its true meaning. “It is vitally important that we know and understand the doctrines Paul has taught in the first 11 chapters of Romans. But we must recognize they are truths God intends for us to put into practice. We must not file these truths away in the back drawer of our minds; we must live them out in our daily walk in the Spirit. These two verses are a call to commitment, a commitment to be worked out by a whole new way of thinking and behaving. Heed well these words. More importantly, is obedient to them. Let us now look for the commitment called for in these verses, and do as Paul urges to the glory of God and to our good.” I think that this source says something pivotal to the reasons in which Romans 12 is so beloved to those who are newly married. That being that in chapter 12 Paul explains in chapter 12 something much different than what he has taught in the precious 11, which is that he explains the way in which Christians are to carry themselves throughout life and how to treat others as well as how to love one another. I believe that this chapter in Romans has become such a famous chapter to be read in weddings simply because if its structure, and the way that the chapter lays out a structural way in which one is to love another as well as how to conduct one’s self in the world.
The Literary Study Bible. General Editors: Leland Ryken & Philip Graham Ryken. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Bibles.2007
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