Hey guys and welcome! It’s Alyssa and I hope you guys are doing well! I am super excited about today’s post, it is based off of a chapter of my favorite books in the Bible- Romans! There is just something about the book of Romans that I absolutely love, and I am excited to enter a conversation with you guys about it today!

Let’s get right into it!

Romans 15: 1-4 says this:

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.  Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.  For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.  For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”

Those who are strong in their faith are not to use other’s weakness to make themselves look better, but to use their strengths to help strengthen their weaknesses. We need to build each other up with encouragement, and use our blessings to help others! Everything has a reason that God has given. Everything that has been written in the past was written to teach us. We can use these past experiences to help shape our lessons. These things are also there for lessons to be learned, provide encouragement & to give hope.

Verses 5-13 say this:

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jewson behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing the praises of your name.” Again, it says, “Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.” And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

God will grant you endurance and encouragement to build others up. We need to use this encouragement to help build Christ’s kingdom as well, in hopes that His followers may be unified. We are not to judge others, but we are to accept and love others. We need to accept others to glorify God and show His mercy and grace. We may need to make sacrifices to show others Jesus. Social sacrifices or physical, God sees us and knows our sacrifices. We need to make it a priority to serve others- it’s what Jesus did. Our sacrifices should have the intention of bringing non believers to Jesus through the way we love and care for them. Through our lives, we need to praise Jesus. We need to praise Him on our mountains and in our valleys, in the church and in the streets. Paul is praying in verse 13 that the Holy Spirit would consume our bodies and that we would pour ourselves and our joy into others. Paul is claiming that he is convinced that each and every one of us are filled with a goodness and an ability to build each other up.

I hope you guys leave this post feeling encouraged! Have a good week!

-Alyssa

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