Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Note 5 at Ro 12:11: There are many scriptures against slothfulness, or laziness. Paul even went so far as to say, "This we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat" (2Th 3:10).
It is interesting that Paul spoke about not being slothful right after he mentioned brotherly love and preferring one another. This adds a very important balance to brotherly love, a balance that many today are missing. While it is true that we have a responsibility to help others, it is also true that a handout doesn't help a lazy person.
When we support those who are living in direct disobedience to God's instructions regarding slothfulness, we are hurting those people. Charity should be reserved for those who need it, not those who abuse it.
Note 6 at Ro 12:11: The Amplified Bible's translation of this verse indicates that the "spirit" being spoken of here is the Holy Spirit ("Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord"). The New American Standard Bible ("not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord") and the New International Version ("Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord") refer to "spirit" as our attitude.
The Greek word that was translated "spirit" is "PNEUMA." This word was used to distinguish the Holy Spirit many times (Mt 3:16, 10:20, 12:28; Lu 4:18, 11:13; Joh 7:39; and Ac 2:4), but it was also translated "spirit" when the context clearly indicates it is speaking of attitude (Mt 5:3; 1Co 4:21; 2Co 4:13; Eph 1:17, 4:23; Php 1:27; 1Ti 4:12; and Re 19:10).
PNEUMA can mean "mental disposition" (Strong's Concordance). In this application, "spirit" is speaking of our attitude. The American Heritage Dictionary defines "spirit" as "a predominant mood or attitude."
Note 7 at Ro 12:11: This same point was made in Eph 6:6-7 where Paul said, "Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men." Paul was emphasizing that even in our business endeavors, we are serving the Lord and not man. He repeated this same thought in Col 3:23 when he said, "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men."
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