Romans 16:17: Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.

This no-nonsense advice eloquently demonstrates the second aspect of Paul’s horizontal love: it is protective. The connection is clear: When you really love people as much as Paul loved the Romans, you protect them. This is a great example for all of us. We need to love in such a way that we really put it on the line for others and speak the truth in love. Paul’s heart is loving, protective, and, furthermore, contagious. 1


  • How does God use your words to build up others spiritually? Read James 3:1-12
  • Be wise on how you spend your time. Be known as a team builder. Make decisions that impart grace to the hearers. Make decisions that cause you to walk away from those who intentionally and purposely want to destroy the things that God wants to build.


Lord, teach me to be a team player in Your Kingdom.

1. Hughes, R. K. (1991). Romans: righteousness from heaven. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

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Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at

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