• Abounding in Hope

    Romans 15:13

    Even though the subjective experience of peace and joy will wax and wane to some degree over the course of our walk with Christ, we should nevertheless expect our sense of peace and joy to grow stronger as we mature ...Read More

  • The Hope of Jews and Gentiles

    Romans 15:8-12

    Christ came to meet the needs of His people, to humble Himself and do whatever was necessary to redeem us from our bondage to sin. He did this without respect to ethnicity, which means that we are to welcome all ...Read More

  • Welcoming Others for God’s Glory

    Romans 15:7

    Jesus tells us that the greatest apologetic, or defense, for the Christian faith is love: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). He does not commend an ...Read More

  • Paul’s Prayer for Harmony

    Romans 15:5-6

    Paul’s prayer for unity in the church based upon the truth of God’s Word and for the glory of Christ should be on our lips as well. How often do you pray for the peace and purity of the church ...Read More

  • The Value of the Old Testament

    Romans 15:4

    Certain books and passages of Scripture have played greater roles in the history of theology than others; thus, it’s no surprise that some portions of the Bible are read more often than others. However, we must not make the mistake ...Read More

  • Bearing with the Weak

    Romans 15:1-3

    As servants of Jesus, we are not greater than our Master. In serving others, bearing God’s wrath to atone for our sin, He endured unimaginable suffering. We will “suffer” as well when we have to refrain from exercising the full ...Read More

  • Faith and Acting Against Conscience

    Romans 14:23

    John Calvin comments, “Every work, however splendid and excellent in appearance, is counted as sin, except it be founded on a right conscience; for God regards not the outward display, but the inward obedience of the heart.” If we are ...Read More

  • Passing Judgment on Ourselves

    Romans 14:22b

    Though we sometimes feel guilty for things that are not actually sins, we should always pay attention to the voice of our consciences when we experience guilt. When we feel guilt, we must endeavor to understand, according to God’s Word, ...Read More

  • Keeping Faith to Yourself

    Romans 14:22a

    Commentators on this passage also note that the idea of keeping our faith to ourselves does not mean we may never share with weaker believers our convictions regarding matters where God has left us free. We may, and indeed must ...Read More

  • Protecting the Work of God

    Romans 14:20-21

    Christian freedom carries with it the heavy responsibility of never using our freedom in a way that harms tender consciences, and the duty never to impose our personal scruples regarding indifferent matters on others. Besides studying God’s Word, one of ...Read More

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