The passage we read today from Paul’s letter to the Romans teaches us that we must be fervent in spirit. Are we fervent in spirit? In order to know, we have to understand what that phrase actually means. In the original Greek, the word fervent means “to boil with heat.” In the spiritual sense, to be fervent in the spirit means to be consumed with fire for the Lord.
Are you there? Am I? Or are we the “slackers” in the spiritual life that Paul warns against?
Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal,
be fervent in spirit,
serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope,
endure in affliction,
persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones,
Bless those who persecute you,
bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly.
The list that Paul provides us with the roadmap of how to live in fervency of the spirit. We must be giving, forgiving, prayerful, merciful and charitable.
Can we do it? Certainly.
Should we do it? Of course.
Will we do it?