Wednesdat Word 12.11.2019
Romans 15:4-9 New International Version
4 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. 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 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 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy…
This passage pretty well sums up how I feel about being an active part of a religious community. Throughout history, people have lived, struggled, and triumphed. We learn about those who have failed to turn to God and see their loss. More importantly, the stories of others who were able to endure and find their way when they relied on God are recorded so that we might learn even more from them. All we have to do is pick up The Book! These stories of endurance can and do provide encouragement to us. In all honesty, I cannot fathom facing the trials of this world without it.
Because I feel a kinship with those who have struggled before me, I can revel in their triumphs. I can learn from their mistakes and learn to recognize more of my own flaws. I can learn to live with the people around me in a different way, learn to bear the same attitude towards them that has been afforded me. I feel that acceptance. I want to try to reflect it in my behavior. That sense of encouragement and comfort I find in feeling loved and accepted by my Savior for who I am, failings and all, makes me want to honor its source by striving to live in his footsteps. Although I know I fall horribly short, I know that the hope that God has instilled in my heart gives me the drive to keep at it! How can I not spend my days praising our Gracious God and the wonder of it all?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki