January 19: Loving God's Glory (Rom. 15:8-13)
In his final instructions to the church at Rome, the apostle Paul calls us not only to love God's people but also to love God's glory. The two are naturally related in that you cannot say you love God and not love your brother. In this passage, Paul shows this intimate relationship between loving those in the community of faith and loving God for his faithfulness and mercy. This relationship is forged by Jesus coming to serve us proving the faithfulness and mercy of God. It is here, in this corporate worship of the Son, that we find an abundant hope that does not disappoint. While hope does not always remove difficulties of life it bears us through them so that we might live with a joy and peace today because of this hope, an overflowing hope through the power of the Spirit. Consider this mercy as you prepare for Sunday morning.
For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Review and Apply
- Explain how loving and accepting one another leads to a greater worship of God.
- How does Jesus confirm God being trustworthy and truthful?
- Why is the truthfulness of God important in your life?
- What promises has he made that we can count on and rest?
- In what do you turn to find hope in times of despair, depression or anxiety? Why will these always let you down?
- How does hope in God lead to joy and peace?
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