The reading for today is Romans 15:14-21
1. I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them. 15 Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace, 16 I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. 17 So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. 18 Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them. 19 They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum. 20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see and those who have never heard of him will understand.”
As I read this letter from Paul I take in his words as if he were reading this to me. It is such an uplifting message reminding us we all have the power of the holy spirit in us to live a Christ-like life.
It is easy to judge others through their actions and words. Many times, we may long for different relationships with others, wishing they would do or say things differently. We are convinced it would make our life better! We may see things we do not agree with and ignore or become angry with the situation. All of us are desperately in need of God’s grace. It is our amazing gift to us to receive through our belief in Jesus. Pay attention to verse 21. How can we apply it today to make a difference in someone’s life?
Heavenly Father, thank you for the words of Paul as a reminder to be Your messenger. May we sacrifice our own desires to live in harmony with other believers. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Ann Byrum Groomes firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For those alone without hope in Jesus.