January 12: Loving God's People (Romans 15:1-7)
One of the goals of Christ Covenant Church is to love God's people. While it seems like a good and right thing, it is not always an easy venture. Yet in Romans 15 Paul not only instructs the church on what loving God's people looks like, but also gives a motivation that helps us through the difficulties of loving in community. His instructions and encouragement are meant to stimulate us to good works among one another so that God is glorified through his church. Please read the passage and consider your love among God's people at Christ Covenant.
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (ESV)
Review and Apply
- Would you consider yourself strong or weak in loving God’s people? Why?
- How would you explain the “failings of the weak”? Give examples.
- In what ways have you have built up your brother or sister this past week?
- How does considering Jesus who bore our insults and rejection help us in loving others?
- What do we often unite around that is not Jesus?
- How is the gospel advanced through the unity of the church?
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