Text: Rom 12:9-13:2
A. Hospitable towards brethren.
David was hospitable towards Mephibosheth (2Sa 9:7-11) and towards the sons of Barzillai (1Ki 2:7).
Similarly, the godly man is hospitable towards his brethren (12:9-13; Heb 13:2).
The godly man teaches his family to be hospitable towards the brethren.
a. By not complaining when serving them (1Pe 4:9).
b. By developing close relationships with them (Tit 1:8).
c. By inculcating a good habit of hospitality (1Co 16:15).
B. Forgiving towards enemies.
David was forgiving towards Shimei (2Sa 19:18-23).
Similarly, the godly man is forgiving towards his enemies (12:14-15,17-21; Luk 6:27-28).
The godly man teaches his family to be forgiving towards their enemies.
a. By not returning evil for evil (Rom 12:17).
b. By praying for them (Luk 6:28).
c. By making peace with them (Mat 5:23-24).
C. Compassionate towards the oppressed.
David was compassionate towards the people of Keilah (1Sa 23:1-5).
Similarly, the godly man is compassionate towards the oppressed (12:16; Jas 1:27).
The godly man teaches his family to be compassionate towards the oppressed.
a. By not dismissing them (Pro 3:27).
b. By setting aside to give to them (Eph 4:28).
c. By seeking opportunities to do good to them (Gal 6:10).
D. Respectful towards those in authority.
David was respectful towards his king (1Sa 24:6; 26:11).
Similarly, the godly man is submissive and respectful towards those in authority (13:1; 1Pe 2:13-14; Heb 13:17; 1Th 5:12-13).
The godly man teaches his family to be respectful towards those in authority.
a. By not speaking evil of them (Tit 3:1-2).
b. By fulfilling his responsibilities to them (Luk 20:25). c. By praying together for them (1Ti 2:1-3).