Here’s Paul going all “love your enemies” again. The more I read this, the more I realize the only way to have a shot at accomplishing any of these attitudes and actions is to experience 12:1-2. I do not have it in me to bless those who have persecuted me. I just don’t. Maybe that’s further proof that true Christianity is not a human-made self-help strategy. Paul gives us these lists of things that are completely impossible if we rely on our own strength, wisdom, grace, and power. And he presents them as not optional. They are actions and attitudes that are attainable in this life… And I’m newly convinced that it takes a super-natural work of God in my life to actually live this way.
I think God must be transforming us for love to be genuine.