DEC 30

Romans 1:9-12
Memorise Romans 1:11
“that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”

Whilst the book of Romans is well known as a book that delves deeply into many difficult doctrines, it is at the same time a very intimate letter. You can see the heart of Paul when you read the book – how he loves the brethren in Rome! Chapter 16 is especially revealing – here you read “I commend unto you Phebe our sister” (v. 1), “Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus, Who have for my life laid down their own necks” (vv. 3-4), and so on!

Even though he had not been to Rome when he wrote the epistle to the Romans, Paul spoke in such loving terms to the members of the church in Rome. In verse 1:11-12 he explained that the reason why he wanted to go to Rome was so “I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established… that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me”. Even though he did not know most of them personally, yet because of the bond in Christ that he shared with them, and the Christian love that he had for them, he was very concerned about their spiritual well-being. He was very keen to “share” with them, and to make the journey all the way there to spend time with them. His concern was never for his own ‘social’ comforts, or what people would think of him. His visit was not for personal enjoyment or just a casual catch up with friends. His concern as always was spiritual in nature, and that was the objective of his sharing with them.

We must learn to have the heart of the Apostle Paul, and try to look past our own personal discomforts, shyness and fear of what people may think of us. We must pray and ask the Lord to help us step out of our comfort zones and begin to have deeper spiritual relationships with our fellow believers – to share of our blessings and also request for prayer for our struggles. Our desire is always for mutual edification of the saints, that through our sharing, others can be blessed, and also strengthen our relationship one with another.

Thought: It is sin that keeps people apart. Christ has redeemed us, so we can share freely, and encourage one another in the knowledge of Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me know and love You better, and to share this love and knowledge with Your other children.