READ
Romans 15:1-13

15 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
    I will sing the praises of your name.”

10 Again, it says,

“Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles;
    let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
    one who will arise to rule over the nations;
    in him the Gentiles will hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

THINK
  • What instructions does Paul give here?
  • How did Christ model service and suffering insult?
  • Do I ever feel alone when I am insulted because of Jesus? Should I?
  • What practical ways can I serve my brothers and sisters this week?
     
 
PRAY
  • Trun verse 13 into a personal prayer
  • Pray that Christians in Papua New Guinea would serve those around them in love
     
PRACTISE
Today’s article, “You Will Regret Giving In”, is from Desiring God. Garrett Kell lays down some helpful tips for standing against temptation and sin, which only steals our joy in God. 

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LISTEN
Today’s podcast is the season 2 première of Faith On Campus: “Is This A Cult?”. Michelle shares her experience of meeting Christians at uni – and eventually Jesus – all while thinking these people she was meeting were part of a cult!

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