Tag Archives: the book of Romans

“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope.”  (Romans 15:13, Phillips New Testament)

Does your whole life and outlook radiate with hope?

Our Lord, through Paul, sets forth this worthy goal for us with full confidence that it is, with the help of the Holy Spirit, eminently achievable.  As followers of Christ, dare we say no?  – Luther

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“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18, NIV)

Jesus expects His followers to not only get-along with one another, but with everybody else!

There are limits to what we should tolerate, but when we must disagree, we should endeavor to do so without becoming disagreeable.

The persons to whom Paul was writing were seeking to live for Christ in Rome; which was — and is — a diverse, fast-paced, place with more than its share of people with strong opinions, and differing beliefs and values.

There is a desire within most of us to have things our way, and we get brittle when other people seem to be thwarting our plans.  This is not new to anyone.  What is new to most people is a conciliatory (instead of a confrontational) manner.  “Blessed are the peacemakers.”  – Luther

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