Roman 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope, preserving in tribulation, devoted to prayer.” We as Christians must be faithful in tribulation knowing that God will be with us. We need to continue in our trust in God and keep on obeying the will of God. God will be there for us, to give us the strength to overcome all the adversities that we face without fear. We need to continue in prayer knowing we cannot do it alone, we need God. God does answer our prayers, not only when we think we need them, but every day of our lives.
Romans 12:13 says “contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” Christians are to help other Christians who are in need. We are family, we need to take care of each other. Also, we need to remember what Paul said in 1 Timothy 5:1-16. Relatives ought to take care of their own and not charge the church. Also in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If a man does not work do not let him eat.” But we need to remember that there are many cases of genuine need among us and we must take care of these. At the end of verse 12 is says “practicing hospitality,” The idea is that Christians must be active in the pursuit of hospitality. It must be done or given in a cheerful and loving manner.
Verse 14 continues with more applied Christianity. “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Implied in persecution is unjust and malicious maltreatment. It is because one is a Christian, not because he or she has done wrong (1 Peter 3:13-17). When one is persecuted unjustly, there is a temptation to want to get revenge, but this is forbidden for a Christian because he or she is to act right, because of who he or she is, not to react to what people do to him or her. He is to return good for evil, and that implies that he or she will pray for the one who is persecuting him or her. It is not always easy to practice applied Christianity, but that is who we are. We must be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving.