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Paul reminded the Romans that they must entertain the feelings of others. Christian fellowship is much more than a pat on the back and a handshake. It means sharing the burdens and the blessings of others so that we all grow together and glorify the Master.

If Christians cannot have a good relationship with one another, how can they ever face their enemies? A humble attitude and a willingness to share are the marks of a Christian who truly ministers to the body. Our Master ministered to the common people, and they heard Him gladly. When a local church decides it wants only a certain “high class” of people, it leaves from the Christian ideal for ministry.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Romans 12:10

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  • Philippians 4:3 — 3 Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
  • 1 Corinthians 4:17 — 17 For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Master, and he will remind you of my ways which are in the Messiah, just as I teach everywhere in every church.
  • 1 Corinthians 16:15–16 — 15 Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints), 16 that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors.
  • Colossians 1:7 — 7 just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of the Messiah on our behalf,
  • Colossians 4:7 — 7 As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Master, will bring you information.
  • Colossians 4:9 — 9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.

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Source: Warren W. Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 556.