The Code

by MW Cook

I was digging around in my computer again and I found a neat little thing I wrote a couple years ago.  I was preaching in Romans in Pakistan at the time and when I arrived at chapter 12 I realized that the passage could be adapted to make a great family code.  So I codified it and here is the result: The Cook Family Code:

October 5, 2007

Cook Family Code:
Based on Romans 12:9-121

01.    Love genuinely.  Verses 9 & 10
    Love God with all your heart.  Love each other with brotherly affection.

02.    Hold tightly.  Verse 9
    Hold on tight to what is good, but hate what is evil.

03.    Rejoice continually.  Verse 12
    Rejoice in the hope God gives us.

04.    Live fervently.  Verse 11
    Don’t be lazy in zeal, but be fervent in the Spirit.

05.    Serve gladly.  Verses 11 & 16
    Serve the Lord and others.  Give yourself to humble tasks.  Be humble.

06.    Overcome patiently.  Verses 12, 14, 17 & 21
    Be patient in trouble.  Never take revenge.  Don’t let yourself be overcome by evil, rather overcome evil with good.

07.    Give compassionately.  Verses 10 & 13
    Give to the needs of others.  Outdo one another in showing honor.

08.    Entertain indiscriminately.  Verses 13 & 16
    Always be hospitable.  Associate with the ‘lowly’.

09.    Dwell harmoniously.  Verses 15 & 18
    As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Rejoice with all who rejoice and weep with those who weep.

10.    Pray hard.
    Pray always, even for the people who give you trouble.

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