February 17, 2019

ROMANS 15-16    


Focus Verse for Today: Romans 15:4


Take a moment to reach out to God in prayer.  Ask Him to give you understanding, true understanding, of our journey through Romans today.  While you are talking with God you may want to take time to share some of your cares with Him.  He cares.  Oh, you may want to thank Him for all your blessings!  Now open your Bible and read Romans, chapters 15 and 16.  We are ready to begin our journey.  


Paul is in Corinth really wanting to go to Rome; but, Paul had received a significant financial gift, sorely needed, for the church in Jerusalem which he needed to deliver.  Paul wrote the letter you have just finished reading, to the church in Rome.  During your reading of the letter, you noticed it is a winding down of affairs type of letter.  That said the final two chapter’s of Romans contains some jewels of wisdom.


In chapter 15, Paul cautions mature Christians with regard to their treatment of less mature Christians.  A mature Christian is to help less mature Christians overcome the burdens and obstacles which challenge their growth as Christians.  This does not mean to overlook sin.  It means to help the immature Christian overcome sin, leading them to a deeper more mature relationship with Jesus Christ.  (Romans 15:1-22)  Paul next writes of his desire to visit Rome.  (Romans 15: 23-33)


In chapter 16, Paul is concluding the letter, sending out personal greeting to all who have been helpful in his ministry.  (Romans 16:1-17, continuing 21-27)  In the midst of these greetings Paul cautions the church in Rome to be on the lookout for false teachers.  Paul warns the church in Rome that false teachers will cause discord.  He warns that they are seeking personal gratification and financial gain.  Paul warns: stay away from them!  They are not serving the Lord but themselves.  (Romans 16:17-20)


Our focus verse for today is:


4For 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.  (Romans 15:4, NIV)


Today we conclude our journey through the book of Romans with a verse that summarizes how Paul measures the quality and character of his life.  He measured it by the Scriptures.  


Take out your journals if you are journaling!  Warn up your thinking cap if you are contemplating!  How do you measure the quality and character of your life?  Even if you are just learning about God, now, you can answer this question: how do you measure the quality and character of your life?  Do you read taro cards?  Do you consult an astrologer?  How do you do it?!  Today’s journey through the book of Romans concludes with this question: Are the Holy Scriptures the measure of the quality and character of your life?  Godspeace!


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