Tuesday Morning: 09 Apr 2019 – Romans 15:1-21 ~ live in harmony

Tuesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 15:1-21 (NLT)

Living to Please Others

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.” Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote:

“For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises to your name.”

And in another place it is written,

“Rejoice with his people, you Gentiles.”

And yet again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles. Praise him, all you people of the earth.”

And in another place Isaiah said,

“The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.”

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul’s Reason for Writing

I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you can teach each other all about them. Even so, I have been bold enough to write about some of these points, knowing that all you need is this reminder. For by God’s grace, I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. So I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me in my service to God. Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them. They were convinced by the power of miraculous signs and wonders and by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum.

My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,

“Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.”

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Morning Reflection:

“We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.”
– Romans 15:2

How can you build up other believers in the Lord? Think about the people on the fringe of your faith community. What can you do to strengthen them in faith?

Our reading offers some basic principles –

+ Seek their good before your own, as Christs’ sufferings were for your good.
+ Set aside your own preferences, so they can feel welcome in the body of Christ.
+ Sacrifice your own comfort, in service to their weaknesses and needs.
+ Serve the poor, the dependent, and the sorrowful, as Christ served you.
+ Show the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit, that all may live in confident hope.

Questions for consideration: Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and then Easter. Typically churches are filled with people and visitors who live on the fringes of their faith communities.

  • What practical ways can you help these people feel welcome? Please explain.
  • What personal preferences can you set aside to make them feel welcome? Please explain.
  • How can you prepare yourself to show peace and joy in the Holy Spirit in the midst of the rush of these holy days? Please explain.
  • How can you contribute to the harmony of your faith communities’ celebration of these holy days? What can you do to help? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

May God, our source of hope, fill us completely with joy and peace because we trust in him. And may we overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

And, may God, who gives us patience and encouragement, help us live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of us can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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“My Only Hope is You” – Keith Lancaster (The Acappella Company)

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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