omans 15: 1-7, Faith, hope, love, patience, and unity
V1-2, 1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
Paul exhorts his audience, and us, to be patient and love Christians who are weak in faith as Jesus is patient and loved us. Jesus came to this world as a suffering servant, not to be served but to serve and be a ransom to many.
Philippians 2:3, ”Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself”.
1 Cor 9:22, ”To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some”.
1 Cor 13:4, ”love is patient, love is kind”.
1 Cor 6:12, ”All things are lawful to me but not all things are helpful”.
V 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”
Paul quoted Psalm 69:9, ”Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me”.
V 4, For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
The Bible is written to teach, rebuke, correct, and train us in righteousness. The Bible is our source of comfort and hope.
2 Tim 3:16, ”All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.
VV 5-7, 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
In this doxology, Paul prayed for God to grant his audience, and us, patience, comfort, unity, and harmony, giving glory to God.
Heavenly Father, let us show love and patience to Christians who are weaker in faith than us. May we love one another, be kind to one another, live in unity and harmony with one another, in Jesus’ name, Amen.