dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Romans 15:1-13 Unity

on September 1, 2012

In the first 7 verses, those who consider themselves strong in faith are commended to bear with those who are weak in faith, to build them up, and to welcome everyone as Christ welcomed us.  How did Christ welcome me?  Fully, unconditionally, lovingly, and patiently.

God gave us the Scripture to instruct us, and to give us endurance and encouragement–because God is the God of all endurance and encouragement.  Endurance and encouragement are required to build unity-not just any unity-but unity in Christ so that God receives glory.  Endurance and encouragement tears down walls built by legalism and liberties by keeping us focused on God and His mercy.

Christ was sent as a servant to Jews in order to show God’s truthfulness, to confirm the promises that were made to the Jewish patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and David), and to allow the Gentiles to give glory to God for His mercy.  God’s mercy through Jesus unites all who believe in hope. Because He kept His promise to send a Savior, we can trust all His promises!

In summary, God gives us endurance and encouragement to believe and have hope–all strength and weakness fall away uniting us under His mercy.  This causes God’s people to unite in singing, praising, extolling, rejoicing and glorifying Him.  When that is our focus, we will be filled with all joy and peace and will have more and more hope.  We will bear with others, serve others, build others up, and we will welcome them because we want them to see God’s glory and experience God’s mercy just as Jesus came to serve us and display His Father’s mercy and unite us under it.

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