July 5//Romans 15

Verse 1 > Paul continues talking about weak Christians > those who major on the nonessentials and strong Christians > those who are maturing and realize the difference between nonessentials and essentials. In this verse Paul identifies himself with the strong or mature Christians. Then he adds that we must not be selfish. We must not put down those who do not have the same liberties as we do. We don’t want them to do something that might violated their consciences; after all they are God’s children too. Just as we are patient with the levels of maturity of our own children we must be patient with God’s children.

Verses 2-3 > We can discern our spiritual maturity by our actions. We are here to help others come to maturity in Christ. If it means that I do not go to a certain movie because another brother might be offended I don’t go. I don’t tell them to grow up and then I go anyway. If I have the liberty to have a beer and I know it may offend someone who is with me or lead a younger person astray I don’t have the beer. If I know that someone may be offended if I mow my grass on Sunday I won’t mow my grass. We are here to help not hinder. Mature Christians make sacrifices to help others along to maturity. Always ask the Lord for discernment. Jesus made many sacrifices to bring us all on to maturity. He washed the disciples feet, a job assigned to the lowliest servant in a household, and then he told them to do like he did. In other words sacrifice or do what it takes to win someone to Jesus and help them on to maturity. To win us it took Jesus out of the wonderful world of heaven into our not so wonderful world.

1 Corinthians 9:19–22 (NLT) — 19 Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20 When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. 22 When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some.

Jesus had the freedom to heal on the Sabbath. There were those who criticized him for doing this. He didn’t quit healing on the Sabbath but to bring them on to maturity he told them that mercy should triumph over a legalistic rule.

Verses 4-6 > The most important thing we can do is develop our relationship with God our Father, Jesus our brother,  and the Holy Spirit. This happens by reading and studying the word so that we get to know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We hear what they say and see how they operate. In prayer we communicate with them and we do things together as we live out what we learn. We learn to bless people, serve people, love people, be patient with people, exhort people and build people up. When we are involved in living out the scriptures we will find that we become more accepting of people, more generous, more kind, less impatient and irritable. There will be more harmony in our home, in our workplace, in our church and in our hearts! If we practice the ‘one another’s’ in scripture they will be hardly anytime for the nonessentials. We will be teaching and growing along with everyone else.

John 15:12 (ESV) — 12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Romans 12:16 (ESV) — 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

Romans 14:13 (ESV) — 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

Romans 15:7 (ESV) — 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:14 (ESV) — 14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

Romans 16:16 (ESV) — 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

2 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV) — 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Galatians 5:13 (ESV) — 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Galatians 6:2 (ESV) — 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ephesians 4:2 (ESV) — 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) — 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV) — 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

James 5:16 (ESV) — 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

1 Peter 4:9–10 (ESV) — 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

As we make sacrifices to do these things we will get to know God(Father, Son, Holy Spirit) more and more and we will go on to become strong mature Christians.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Even Paul’s plans can be changed by God’s plan. When he brings the gift to the believers in Jerusalem, the Sanhederon and a crowd of Jewish be livers bring charges against Paul so that his trip to Rome is in chains and he may never have reached Spain. Despite this he continued to be used by God in custody on Rome.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Thank you Pastor Dan for all the references for living theChristan life. Living this way is hard! We are a selfish people but God’s grace is always there to bring us to righteousness. We can chose to live all the underlined verses. Oh how I need Jesus!!