Week of April 21 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 15:5-7

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.  

Reflect: Why do we need endurance and encouragement to live in harmony with other Christians? Where do we get such endurance and encouragement?

Consider: Paul’s wish was that God would grant the church at Rome a spirit of unity. His desire that they “mind the same thing among one another” (literal translation) does not mean that they should all come to the same conclusion. That is obvious from his discussion of the weak and the strong—the conscience of each is to guide the conduct of that person. It is unity of perspective that is desired. And that perspective is that of Christ Jesus, our model for Christian conduct. Think as he does. Take on his values and priorities. As each member of the church draws closer to Christ, we will at the same time draw closer to other members of the body. The experience of Christian unity produces a symphony of praise to God in which each voice blends with all the others to the glory of God. It is a family affair. We, the adopted sons of God, sing praises to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.[1]

Respond: Looking at verse 7, what do you think it means to accept someone? How did Jesus accept us? How can we be like Jesus when it comes to accepting others? How can we balance accepting each other with encouraging one another to grow in our love and good works?

[1] Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 260–261.