Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good.  Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor;  never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord;  constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],  contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality. – Romans 12:9-13

The Holy Spirit revives your spirit, fills you with abundance of life, love and zeal, and sets you aglow so that you manifest the vibrant, radiant life of God. He will revive your devotion, accelerate your obedience, and fan into flame your zeal. As a Spirit-filled believer you should be marked by the intense devotion, eager earnestness, and the loyal bond-service which characterizes the heavenly angels. Apollos was thus ablaze. The literal translation can be that he was “burning in spirit,” or “glowing with the Spirit.” – Wesley Duewel

To glow means to radiate light or heat or both. The Bible tells us that there’s a spiritual glow about the children of God. That radiance of divine energy is sparked off by the presence of the Holy Spirit and can be seen on the believer. This means, you’re not empty for there’s power inside you; you actually radiate some divine energy from within you into your world. – Bummyla

The ESV prefers “Be fervent in spirit,” which is different but not incompatible with the RSV.  “Be aglow with the Spirit” is certainly a biblical thought.  “Those who look to him are radiant” (Psalm 34:5). – Ray Ortlund

God expects us to have the countenance of a heart that is aglow with the Spirit of God. When the countenance of our heart is aglow with the Spirit of God, the countenance of our face will also radiate with that glow. – Lily Lim

Fervent is a term which comes from a word meaning “to boil” or “to seethe.” If you were, for example, to use the word “fervent” for water—have you ever called water “fervent”? Fervent water is boiling water, just as fervent love is boiling love. There’s no use telling water to get hot if you don’t put it on a stove. Sometimes I really believe we may do wrong by admonishing believers, “Do better for the Lord,” and we don’t say where and how they can do better for the Lord. So Paul is saying here in regard to love, in regard to the Spirit, be fervent. There’s a qualification on the word “fervent” as applied to Christian love. That is, we are to be fervent in the Spirit. – George Wood

It seems like one of those “get out there and be a man”, “stand up”, “go-go-go”, “blast off”, “be aglow with the Spirit, never flag in zeal, serve the Lord.” And there you are blasting away like mad and you kind of feel, “Okay, okay, let’s get to it”, and it’s interesting that kind of interpretation that we put on that verse is typical of the great error that we have towards life and towards God himself because our great error is sin; self-initiated, self-directed action independent of God. – Ernest O.Neill

Aglow with the Spirit

Sermon Preached by the Reverend Dr. Harold T. Lewis




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