Abide Together: Reflections on Romans 14-15
In Romans 14 Paul charges the Church at Rome to put others before themselves. He uses the eating or not eating of certain foods as an example. He summarizes the importance of putting others first by not exercising your liberty when he writes, “It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.” He is basically saying that love for your brother/sister in Christ is more important than the liberty you have in Christ. In Romans 15 he continues with this theme of selflessness. Paul also expresses his love for the believers in Rome and his desire to come and visit them. One verse that stands out to me this morning is verse 13, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Spirit.” In the world today, with all the turmoil and perceived uncertainty, people need hope. True hope only comes from being rightly related to God through faith in Jesus. This faith in Jesus brings joy and peace, which leads to hope that comes through the power of the Sprit. Lord, fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that I will abound in hope by the power of the Spirit.
– Bryan McKenzie
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